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ERIC Number: EJ955395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Assessing Person-Centered Outcomes in Practice Research: A Latent Transition Profile Framework
Thompson, Aaron M.; Macy, Rebecca J.; Fraser, Mark W.
Journal of Community Psychology, v39 n8 p987-1002 Nov 2011
Advances in statistics provide new methods for analyzing practice data. These advances include person-centered methods (PCMs) that identify subgroups of research participants with similar characteristics. PCMs derive from a frame of reference that is similar to the risk factor perspective in practice. In practice, the delivery of services is often contingent on identifying at-risk populations and then providing interventions to groups based on shared risk profiles. PCMs use this perspective. Moreover, PCMs provide a means for identifying high-risk groups with a precision rarely afforded by routine variable-centered methods. This article describes a latent profile transition analysis (LPTA), one of several PCMs. To demonstrate LPTA, we estimate risk profiles and treatment effects using data from a cohort study of a school-based social skills training program. We define four steps in PCMs analysis, describe key statistical tests, and conclude with a discussion of the strengths and limitations of PCMs for practice research. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3
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Language: English
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