An Event History Analysis of Divorce, Delinquency, and Family Structure

Tracey Kyckelhahn, University of Texas - Austin

I will use the Child/Young Adult sample of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth-1979 to determine the effectsof past familial disruption and current family structure on adolescent delinquency. Is the timing of the disruption ore important in determining adolescent delinquency, or is the number of disruptions, or the current family structure.

In addition, I will use hierarchical modeling techniques to determine the amount of variance explained by individual families. The respondents are nested within families, and as such share common traits which can explain the heterogeneity of the responses.

Also, this study will examine if the effect of family structure has changed much in the past 15 years, by adding interaction terms for possible cohort effects.

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