I've performed a simple moderation analysis (model 1) using PROCESS v3.5 . My Dependent Variable is Y, my Independent Variable is X, and my 'moderator' is M. All my variables are continuous.


The model summary was significant (p<.001). The effects of X were significant (p<.05). The effects of M were also significant (p<.001).
The interaction effect (X * M) was NON-significant (p = .472)

So I'm assuming this means that M does NOT moderate the relationship between X and Y.

I've also attached the output for the simple slopes of this analysis.

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I'm really inexperienced with this type of analysis, so my question is how do I interpret this output? What do these "parallel" simple slopes imply?

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    $\begingroup$ It means that the effect (slope) of X on Y depends little on the particular value of M. $\endgroup$ Mar 29, 2021 at 9:39

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It simply means that there is no moderation effects taking place in your data. Only the main effects, $X$ and $M$ are related to $Y$ while the interaction effect $X*M$ is not.


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