Emotional Psychological and Related Problems Among Truant Youths: An Exploratory Latent Class Analysis

Richard Dembo, Rhissa Briones-Robinson, Rocío Aracelis Ungaro, Laura M. Gulledge, Lora M. Karas, Ken C Winters, Steven Belenko, Paul E. Greenbaum

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Abstract

Latent class analysis was conducted on the psychosocial problems experienced by truant youths. Data were obtained from baseline interviews completed on 131 youths and their parents/guardians involved in a NIDA-funded, Brief Intervention Project. Results identified two classes of youths: Class 1(n=9) - youths with low levels of delinquency, mental health and substance abuse issues; and Class 2(n=37) - youths with high levels of these problems. Comparison of these two classes on their urine analysis test results and parent/guardian reports of traumatic events found significant (p<.05) differences between them that were consistent with their problem group classification. Our results have important implications for research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-168
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research reported here was funded by NIDA grant # DA021561. We are grateful for their support.

Keywords

  • at-risk populations
  • classroom
  • issues
  • research
  • risk factors
  • school
  • statistical methods

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