The application of latent curve analysis to testing developmental theories in intervention research.

@article{Curran1999TheAO,
  title={The application of latent curve analysis to testing developmental theories in intervention research.},
  author={Patrick J Curran and Bengt O. Muth{\'e}n},
  journal={American journal of community psychology},
  year={1999},
  volume={27 4},
  pages={567-95}
}
The effectiveness of a prevention or intervention program has traditionally been assessed using time-specific comparisons of mean levels between the treatment and the control groups. However, many times the behavior targeted by the intervention is naturally developing over time, and the goal of the treatment is to alter this natural or normative developmental trajectory. Examining time-specific mean levels can be both limiting and potentially misleading when the behavior of interest is… CONTINUE READING

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