assingment #4 - Alicia Deal CJ771 assignment#4 1 Using the...

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Alicia Deal CJ771 07-24-07 assignment #4 1. Using the first five waves of data from the NYS9wave dataset, construct a linear panel analysis model with at least three waves and with (a) frequency of hard drug use (fdrugs) as one endogenous variable, (b) exposure to delinquent/criminal friends (edf) as a second endogenous variable; & belief that it is wrong to violate the law (belief) as a third endogenous variable; and ethnicity (ethn4), gender (male), and age (age1) as exogenous predictors. a) What is the impact of the sociodemographic variables (age, gender, & ethnicity) on belief, exposure, and your measure of drug use? During wave 2 there were no significant relationships between gender and race with frequency of hard drug use. However, being older increased the likelihood that the youth had used hard drugs (Est. /SE:2.051). Furthermore, during wave 4, the once significant relationship of age and hard drugs is no longer significant. For exposure to delinquent peers, age and gender are very significant (Est. /SE: 3.275 & 5.022 respectively). The data indicates that males and older youths are more likely to have been exposed to delinquent peers during wave 2. However, though males are still significantly more likely to come into contact with delinquent peers during wave 4, age is no longer statistically significant. There still might be a minimal, yet weak relationship with age (Est. /SE: -1.807) yet it indicates that the youth exposure to delinquent peers are younger. Possibly because those in wave 2 have aged out of their teens, while the younger youths in wave 2 have now reached an age where they are more likely to come into contact with delinquent peers. Also wave 4 exposure shows that nonwhites are more likely to have been exposed to delinquent peers (Est. /SE: 2.783). For belief, age and gender are statistically significant during wave 2. (Est. /SE: -6.334 & -2.316). Females and younger youths are more likely to believe that it is wrong to violate the law. Ethnicity is not statistically significant; however, there may be a weak relationship indicating that nonwhites are more likely to believe that it is wrong to violate the law (Est./SE: 1.554). For belief that it is wrong to
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This note was uploaded on 06/28/2011 for the course CJ 771 taught by Professor Menard during the Spring '07 term at Sam Houston State University.

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