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problem-behavior theory, truancy

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Based on problem-behavior theory (Jessor & Jessor, 1977 Jessor, R., & Jessor, S. L. (1977). Problem behavior and psychosocial development: A longitudinal study of youth. New York, NY: Academic Press. [Google Scholar]), a second-order problem behavior model of delinquency, marijuana use, and risky sexual behavior over five waves was estimated among truant adolescents. The study also investigated the influence of the problem factor on future arrest charges and the effect of sociodemographics on problem behavior and future crime. Results confirm the existence of a second-order latent factor of problem behaviors. Problem behaviors predicted more future arrest charges. Age was related to problem behaviors and future arrest charges, and family income was related to problem behavior. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

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Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, v. 25, issue 6, p. 557-574

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse on 10 June 2016, available online: