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Victimization, Aggression, and Other Problem Behaviors: Trajectories of Change Within and Across Middle School Grades

NCJ Number
253208
Date Published
2018
Length
18 pages
Author(s)
Albert D. Farrell; Elizabeth A. Goncy; Terri N. Sullivan; Erin L. Thompson
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Publication Type
Research (Applied/Empirical), Report (Study/Research), Report (Grant Sponsored), Program/Project Description
Grant Number(s)
2014-CK-BX-0009
Annotation
This study examined trajectories of victimization and problem behaviors within and across three grades of middle school.
Abstract
Participants were 2,166 adolescents from three urban middle schools in the United States who completed measures of victimization, physical and relational aggression, substance use, and delinquent behavior. Latent curve analyses modeled changes in each construct across 12 waves collected every 3 months. In each case, the best fitting model required separate linear slopes to represent changes within each grade and a factor representing decreases in the summers. Positive cross construct correlations were found for intercepts, linear slopes, and measures within waves. The findings suggest strong associations among victimization and problem behaviors, and individual differences in their patterns of change both within and across grades. (publisher abstract modified)
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