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    TitleLatent Transition Models for Longitudinal Sociology Study: Aparadigm of adolescences deviant behavior development
    Issue No.9
    Publish Date2001-04
    Category研究論文
    Author NameChih-Chien Yang ; Chyi-In Wu
    Page005-033
    AbstractIn a longitudinal study, antecedents can often be the important indicators and/or predictors of consequences. Many sociologists and educational practitioners investigated sequential behaviors of adolescents to be able to proceed effective intervention/ prevention programs. We demonstrate that latent transition modeling (L TM) is a good statistical modeling method for revealing sequential relationships. Theoretic derivations as well as computational implementations of latent transition modeling are discussed in this paper. Substantively, we studied items (Wu, 1999) that surveyed adolescent aggressive behaviors across years to model the latent transition probabilities of the behaviors among these adolescents. Using this example, we further provide substantive interpretations of conducting L TM methods and demonstrate the practical importance of L TM in substantive research fields.
    KeywordsLatent Transition Model; E-M algorithm; Adolescent Aggressive Behaviors; Sociological Longitudinal Study.
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