ASSIGNMENT 3_hlm - Alicia Deal 05-01-07 CJ771 HLM...

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Alicia Deal CJ771 05-01-07 HLM ASSIGNMENT #3 1. Construct a multilevel longitudinal model for exposure to delinquent friends (edf) wit age (linear or polynomial function), gender (male), and the lagged value of belief that it is wrong to violate the law (belief) as predictors. Describe the relationship of edf to age, to gender, and to belief. Is there evidence of differences among individuals in the relationship of age to exposure? The model indicates that there is an influence on exposure to delinquent friends by gender (p<.001). This signifies that males are more likely to have exposure to delinquent friends. Lagged belief that it is wrong to violate the law is significantly related to exposure to delinquent friends, such that those who believe that it is wrong to violate the law have decreased exposure to delinquent friends (-.13, p<.001). Lagged belief is not significantly related to gender (-.022467, p=.341). That is, the effect of belief on exposure is the same for males and females. There is evidence of differences among individuals in the relationship of age to exposure. All functions of age are statistically significant. Exposure at agep1 is significant (p<.001) and negative (- 2.54) and is indicative of a linear relationship between age and exposure. Exposure at agep2 is very significant (p=.000) thus there is a quadratic relationship between exposure and age. For agep3, there is a relationship between gender, specifically with males (p<.01). However, this significance is only true for males and not females. The difference between males and females as it relates to exposure to delinquent friends increases as females get older. Exposure at agep4 is very significant indicating that there is a quadric relationship
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ASSIGNMENT 3_hlm - Alicia Deal 05-01-07 CJ771 HLM...

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