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A latent class analysis of resilient development among early adolescents living in public housing

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  • Anthony, Elizabeth K.
  • Robbins, Danielle E.

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The aim of this study was to identify types of early adolescents living in public housing neighborhoods based on patterns of resilient development. Informed by ecological-transactional theory, we evaluated a broad range of individual, relational, and contextual influences on resilient development among an ethnically diverse sample of 315 early adolescents (Mage=12; 51% female) living in public housing neighborhoods. Results of a latent class analysis of 11 indicators and 2 outcome variables suggest three empirically derived classes representing overall patterns of favorable and unfavorable behavior. Daily hassles, low neighborhood cohesion, and a relaxed attitude towards substance use corresponded with a higher probability of substance use and delinquency. Significant differences in favorable behavior patterns reflecting resilient development between classes were found in attitudes towards substance use, academic efficacy, and school commitment. Results suggest important implications for preventive interventions for early adolescents living in public housing neighborhoods that are discussed.

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  • Anthony, Elizabeth K. & Robbins, Danielle E., 2013. "A latent class analysis of resilient development among early adolescents living in public housing," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pages 82-90.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:35:y:2013:i:1:p:82-90
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.10.012
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    1. Anthony, Elizabeth K. & King, Bryn & Austin, Michael J., 2011. "Reducing child poverty by promoting child well-being: Identifying best practices in a time of great need," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(10), pages 1999-2009, October.
    2. Anthony, Elizabeth K. & Nicotera, Nicole, 2008. "Youth perceptions of neighborhood hassles and resources: A mixed method analysis," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(11), pages 1246-1255, November.
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