These snapshots of behavior could have been revealed by LCA, but LTA also provides information about movement between statuses over time.
Across the study, members of the Multipartner Exposed status were the most stable in their status membership.
The researchers labeled the statuses Nondaters, Daters, Monogamous, Multipartner Safe, and Multipartner Exposed.
Measurements were taken when participants were 17 or 18 years old (Time 1) and again one and two years later.
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This information is drawn from Lanza and Collins (2008) and is also discussed in chapter 8 of The researchers fit models with two, three, four, five, and six statuses.
The five status model was selected based on fit statistics and interpretability.
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