Racial-ethnic disparities and risk factors in latent class trajectories of antisocial behaviors


Morrison, Ryann & Li, James (2016). Racial-ethnic disparities and risk factors in latent class trajectories of antisocial behaviors. 2016 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.


Racial-ethnic differences in the subtypes and trajectories of antisocial behavior (ASB) have been understudied. This understanding is important because racial-ethnic differences in the structure and trajectories of ASB may yield important insights into the possibility of targeted treatments and preventions. In this exploratory study, we first conduct factor analytic models of antisocial behaviors across Wave I-III of the Add Health data for African-American and Caucasian individuals separately, and then conduct a latent class trajectory analysis of ASB factors across the waves. Given heterogeneity of ages at each wave, we will group the variables by age. Hence, ASB class trajectories will be measured from early adolescence (age 13) to early adulthood (age 25). Then, we examine potential risk factors for class trajectories using psychosocial data from Wave I, including perceived parental support (e.g., “How much do you feel that your parents care about you?”) and school cohesion (e.g., “You feel like you are a part of your school”). On the basis of prior research, we hypothesize that latent class trajectories will differ between African-American and Caucasian subgroups, and that risk factors will differentially predict the trajectories for either racial-ethnic group such that individuals who receive less family support and/or experience lesser school cohesion will likely belong to the most aggressive (i.e., worst) ASB trajectory.



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Conference proceeding

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2016 Add Health Users Conference


Morrison, Ryann
Li, James

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Bethesda, MD

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