Using the Group-Based Trajectory Model to Study Crime Over the Life Course

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Title Using the Group-Based Trajectory Model to Study Crime Over the Life Course
Author Nagin, Daniel S.; Piquero, Alex
Journal Name Journal of Criminal Justice Education
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Recognizing that social, behavioral, and biological processes evolve over time, criminologists have been interested in how the phenomenon of crime changes over time and thus have paid close attention to developmental trajectories of crime. Several research methodologies and statistical techniques have been developed to permit study of developmental trajectories. This paper provides a non-technical overview of a method developed to examine behavioral changes over age or time—group-based trajectory modeling (GBTM). Following background material, we provide an overview of the technique. This is followed by a discussion of the applicability of the method to a variety of criminological questions, a brief review of the existing applications of the method, including the software used, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the trajectory approach for particular questions. The paper concludes with an outline of methodological and substantive “next-steps” regarding GBTM and its application in criminology and criminal justice research.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10511251003693637
Volume 21
Issue Number 2
Page from 105
Page to 116
ISSN 1051-1253
Date Accessioned 2011-02-02
Date Available 2011-02-23T08:56:35Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36517
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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