Title

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

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2012

Department

Psychology

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.

Publication Title

Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Volume

20

Issue

3

First Page

157

Last Page

168