Glenn Walters

Associate Professor

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.