Latent class membership can be used to predict a distal outcome (an outcome at a later time). The Methodology Center was at the forefront of research on LCA with a distal outcome for several years. In 2017, we developed a SAS macro and Stata function that estimate LCA with a distal outcome using the BCH approach. This is the approach that we currently recommend for LCA with a distal outcome. You can download the macros on the Software Downloads page.
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