Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2004

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Andrew L. Hochstetler

Second Advisor

Ronald L. Simons

Abstract

This study focuses on the empirical status for theories of types of delinquents in a non-Western country: Taiwan. Based on the theories and current empirical status of them, current study tries to answer three main questions: (1) How many groups of delinquent trajectories in Taiwan? (2) What factors distinguish between trajectory groups? Do empirical findings support common factors argument or trajectory-specific argument? (3) Do the covariates of delinquency work differently for trajectory groups in different timing?;Using five-year prospective longitudinal research in Taiwan, current research applies Nagin's group-based models to exploring these questions. In group-based models, results show three trajectory groups (never, early and late starters) for boys and two (never and early starters) for girls. It corresponds to what has already found in Western literature for boys, but not for girls. In the risk factor analysis, common risk factor argument gains much support than trajectory-specific argument. Last, in time-varying covariate analysis, the results support the timing argument that covariates work best in later waves for late starters, while they work similar for early starters across time.;Limitations and discussions are provided in the conclusion section. Suggestions for possible intervention and future research are also provided.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-139

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Yi-fu Chen

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI3158322

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

108 pages

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