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Identifying patterns of resilience using classification trees

Hobcraft, John and Sigle-Rushton, Wendy (2009) Identifying patterns of resilience using classification trees. Social Policy and Society, 8 (1). pp. 87-98. ISSN 1475-7464

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Abstract

This paper introduces and illustrates the value of a classification trees approach in the study of resilience. The inherently interactive nature of the resilience construct makes this approach useful. Classification trees are a person-centred approach to data analysis, which successively split the sample into pairs of increasingly homogeneous groups of individuals. We outline the approach and then illustrate using adult educational outcomes for children in the British Cohort Study of 1970 who had experienced foster care. The insights gained from the classification tree approach are contrasted with those obtained from standard regression approaches.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJourna...
Additional Information: © 2008 Cambridge University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2011 10:38
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/31306/

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