ERIC Number: EJ779166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
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Trajectories of Delinquent Behaviour in Adolescence and Their Covariates: Relations with Initial and Time-Averaged Factors
Wiesner, Margit; Silbereisen, Rainer K.
Journal of Adolescence, v26 n6 p753-771 Dec 2003
This longitudinal study examined individual, family, and peer covariates of distinctive trajectories of juvenile delinquency, using data from a community sample of 318 German adolescents (mean age at the first wave was 11.45 years). Latent growth mixture modelling analysis revealed four trajectory groups: high-level offenders, medium-level offenders, low-level offenders, and rare offenders. The trajectory groups were discriminated better by time-averaged covariates than by initial status covariates. High peer tolerance of deviance and low parental empathy were consistently linked to varying offending trajectories, whereas gender, low academic achievement, and low parental monitoring appeared to be trajectory-specific covariates.
Descriptors: Delinquency, Adolescents, Empathy, Peer Influence, Family Influence, Correlation, At Risk Persons, Foreign Countries, Peer Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Gender Differences, Low Achievement, Academic Achievement, Parenting Styles, Longitudinal Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Germany