Identifying and Understanding Patterns of Nonviolent Delinquency and Violence from Adolescence to Young Adulthood using Latent Class Analysis

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Zheng, Yao
Graduate Program:
Human Development and Family Studies
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
June 21, 2010
Committee Members:
  • Bo Cleveland, Thesis Advisor
  • violence
  • nonviolent delinquency
  • latent class analysis
  • adolescence
From the group-based perspective and using Latent Class Analysis (LCA), the current research used data drawn from a nationally representative sample to identify developmental trajectories of antisocial behavior from adolescence to young adulthood. This research investigated the impact of separately considering nonviolent delinquency and violence on the identification of different trajectories using early family, neighborhood and school variables. Using only violence as response variable, previous studies found four common classes, namely never, desister, decliner, and chronic. Using both nonviolent delinquency and violence as response variable, I found one more distinct class, nonviolent desister. The new class was only found among females. The decliner and chronic class were only found among males. Discussion and implications were provided.