Latent Transition Analysis: Benefits of a Latent Variable Approach to Modeling Transitions in Substance Use.

@article{Lanza2010LatentTA,
  title={Latent Transition Analysis: Benefits of a Latent Variable Approach to Modeling Transitions in Substance Use.},
  author={Stephanie T. Lanza and Megan E. Patrick and Jennifer L. Maggs},
  journal={Journal of drug issues},
  year={2010},
  volume={40 1},
  pages={93-120}
}
We apply latent transition analysis (LTA) to characterize transitions over time in substance use behavior profiles among first-year college students. Advantages of modeling substance use behavior as a categorical latent variable are demonstrated. Alcohol use (any drinking and binge drinking), cigarette use, and marijuana use were assessed in a sample (N=718) of college students during the fall and spring semesters. Four profiles of 14-day substance use behavior were identified: (1) Non-Users… CONTINUE READING

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