A multidimensional analysis of youth assault injury influences


Wilkerson, Diana F. & Anderson, Peter B. (2016). A multidimensional analysis of youth assault injury influences. 2016 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.


Using the Add Health Wave II restricted-use in-home data and the problem behavior theory lens, a structural equation model was conducted in this cross-sectional study to answer one question: Whether the construct of Røysamb, Rse, and Kraft's (1997) multidimensional model fitted the data explaining the relationships between assault injury and each of the 22 risk and protective variables and 3 unobserved factors (i.e., High Action, Addiction, and Protection) and among the unobserved factors and the 22 risk and protective variables. While answering the study's questions, age, sex, race, and socioeconomic status were controlled. The construct of the multidimensional model significantly explained the relationships between youth assault injury and 3 unobserved factors that researchers have failed to examine in the past decade. If health professionals would apply the findings from this study to their work, positive social change could result from reductions in youth assault injury influence on adolescents' engagement in other risk behaviors that could lead to improved lives for our youth; as well as lowered physical, emotional, and economic costs related to youth assault injury.



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Conference proceeding

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2016 Add Health Users Conference


Wilkerson, Diana F.
Anderson, Peter B.

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Bethesda, MD

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