Psychosocial Problems Among Truant Youths: A Multi-Group, Exploratory Structural Equation Modeling Analysis

Richard Dembo, Rhissa Briones-Robinson, Kimberly Barrett, Ken C Winters, Rocio Ungaro, Lora Karas, Jennifer Wareham, Steven Belenko

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Abstract

Truant youths represent a critical group needing problem-oriented research and involvement in effective services. The limited number of studies on the psychosocial functioning of truant youths have focused on one or a few problem areas, rather than examining comorbid problem behaviors. The present study addresses the need to examine the interrelationships of multiple domains of psychosocial functioning, including substance involvement, mental health, and delinquency, among truant youths. Exploratory structural equation modeling on baseline data collected on 219 truant youths identified two major factors reflecting psychosocial functioning and found that the factor structure was similar across major sociodemographic subgroups. Further analyses supported the validity of the factor structure. The research and service delivery implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-465
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012

Keywords

  • delinquency
  • mental health
  • psychosocial problems
  • substance use
  • truancy

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