Department of Criminal Justice, Kutztown University
NLS user since 2010
Walters, G. D. (2011). The latent structure of life-course-persistent antisocial behavior: Is Moffitt’s developmental taxonomy a true taxonomy? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 96-105.
Walters, G. D., & Ruscio, J. (2013). Trajectories of youthful antisocial behavior: Categories or continua? Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 653-666.
Walters, G. D. (2014). Sex as a moderator and perceived peer pressure as a mediator of the externalizing-delinquency relationship: A test of gendered pathways theory. Journal of Criminal Justice, 42, 299-305.
Walters, G. D. (2015). Short-term goals and physically hedonistic values as mediators of the past crime-future crime relationship. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 20, 81-95.
Walters, G. D. (in press). Cognitive mediation of crime continuity: A causal mediation analysis of the past crime-future crime relationship. Crime and Delinquency.
What I learned from NLS data
NLS data has helped me address two major research questions. First, the use of NLSY-C data allowed me to accumulate additional support for the notion that early antisocial behavior has a continuous rather than categorical latent structure. Second, use of NLSY-C and NLSY-97 data have helped me identify a cognitive link between past and future criminality that I refer to as psychological inertia.
Why I chose NLS data
I was originally drawn to the NLSY-C data because it has parental (mostly maternal) ratings of child behavior. This was important and unique because most longitudinal studies are composed almost exclusively of self-report variables.
Ohio State University Center for Human Resource Research
This site was created at the Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR) at The Ohio State University to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS). The NLS is a program of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. CHRR has conducted the NLS since the program began in 1965, in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau (from 1965 to 2003) and NORC at the University of Chicago (from 1978 to the present).