Kristin Moilanen

Assistant Professor

Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development, West Virginia University

NLS user since 2001

  • Moilanen, K. L., Leary, J. M., Watson, S. M., & Ottley, J. (in press). Predicting age of sexual initiation: Family-level antecedents in three ethnic groups. Journal of Early Adolescence.
  • Moilanen, K. L. (2015). Predictors of latent growth in sexual risk behaviors in late adolescence and early adulthood. Journal of Sex Research, 52, 83-97.
  • Moilanen, K. L., & Shen, Y.-L. (2014). Mastery in middle adolescence: The contributions of socioeconomic status, maternal mastery and supportive-involved mothering. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, 298-310.
  • Moilanen, K. L., Crockett, L. J., Raffaelli, M., & Jones, B. L. (2010). Trajectories of sexual risk from middle adolescence to early adulthood. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20, 114-139.
  • Crockett, L. J., Moilanen, K. L., Raffaelli, M., & Randall, B. A. (2006). Psychological profiles and adolescent adjustment: A person-centered approach. Development and Psychopathology, 18, 195-214.
What I learned from NLS data

I've learned quite a bit about the early adolescent predictors of growth in sexual risk-taking behaviors between middle adolescence and emerging adulthood. Using this dataset has permitted me to explore a wider range of antecedents of individual growth than in any other known study to date. The large sample size has also allowed for considering questions of moderation.

Why I chose NLS data

I began using the NLSY-79 datasets for research during my graduate training. My advisors had a grant and I was involved in preparing the analytic datasets to address the study's research questions. Since then, I've continued to use the data because of the diverse sample, rich measurement, and longitudinal design in order to address my own research questions about developmental change in sexual risk-taking behaviors. I've also prepared a large dataset that my undergraduate students use for a research methods and data analysis course.