This edited volume introduces the latest advances in quantitative methods and illustrates ways to apply these methods to important questions in substance use research. The goal is to provide a forum for dialogue between methodologists developing innovative multivariate statistical methods and substance use researchers who have produced rich data sets.
Reflecting current research trends, the book examines the use of longitudinal techniques to measure processes of change over time. Researchers faced with the task of studying the causes, course, treatment, and prevention of substance use and abuse will find this volume helpful for applying these techniques to make optimal use of their data.
This innovative volume:
"The chapters in this edited volume cover an impressive array of innovative statistical techniques, with many of the contributors being acknowledged experts in the development and application of these techniques….This book provides a valuable introduction to the principles underlying their use as well as the substantive issues that can be addressed using these techniques, and will hopefully serve as an impetus towards their more widespread application."
Contents: Preface. P.J. Curran, A Latent Curve Framework for the Study of Developmental Trajectories in Adolescent Substance Use. S.T. Khoo, B.O. Muthén, Longitudinal Data on Families: Growth Modeling Alternatives. D. Hedeker, J.S. Rose, The Natural History of Smoking: A Pattern-Mixture Random-Effects Regression Model. B.O. Muthén, Methodological Issues in Random Coefficient Growth Modeling Using a Latent Variable Framework: Applications to the Development of Heavy Drinking Ages 18 Through 37. D.P. MacKinnon, Contrasts in Multiple Mediator Models. P.K. Wood, Estimation and Equivalent Models for Quadratic and Interactive Latent Variable Models. J.B. Ullman, J.A. Stein, R.L. Dukes, Evaluation of D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) With Latent Variables in the Context of a Solomon Four Group Design. D.C. Rowe, J.L. Rodgers, M. Gilson, Epidemics of Smoking: Modeling Tobacco Use Among Adolescents. S.L. Hyatt, L.M. Collins, Using Latent Transition Analysis to Examine the Relationship Between Perceived Parental Permissiveness and the Onset of Substance Use. J.S. Rose, L. Chassin, C.C. Presson, S.J. Sherman, Prospective Predictors of Smoking Cessation: A Logistic Regression Application. C.C. Presson, L. Chassin, S.J. Sherman, J.S. Rose, Summary and Future Directions.
This series of books offers highly accessible and widely applicable methodological topics that have broad appeal and are written in easy-to understand language. Sponsored by the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology http://www.smep.org/, it welcomes methodological applications from a variety of disciplines, such as psychology, public health, sociology, education, and business. Authored or edited volumes should feature one of several approaches:
Interested persons should e-mail: Lisa L. Harlow at LHarlow@uri.edu.