Early Adolescent Risk Behavior Outcomes of Childhood Externalizing Behavioral Trajectories

Thompson, Richard; Tabone, Jiyoung Kim; Litrownik, Alan J.; Briggs, Ernestine C.; Hussey, Jon M.; English, Diana J.; & Dubowitz, Howard O. (2011). Early Adolescent Risk Behavior Outcomes of Childhood Externalizing Behavioral Trajectories. Journal of Early Adolescence, 31(2), 234-57.

Thompson, Richard; Tabone, Jiyoung Kim; Litrownik, Alan J.; Briggs, Ernestine C.; Hussey, Jon M.; English, Diana J.; & Dubowitz, Howard O. (2011). Early Adolescent Risk Behavior Outcomes of Childhood Externalizing Behavioral Trajectories. Journal of Early Adolescence, 31(2), 234-57.

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Little is known about the early childhood indicators of adolescent risk. The link between trajectories of externalizing behavioral problems and early adolescent risk behavior was examined in a longitudinal sample of 875 child participants in the LONGSCAN studies. Five trajectory groups of children defined by externalizing behavior problems were identified: Low, Low-Medium, Moderate, Increasing-High, and High. After controlling for demographics and maltreatment, violent/delinquent behavior was significantly predicted by membership in the Moderate and Increasing-High problem behavior groups. Substance use in early adolescence was significantly predicted by membership in the High behavior problem group. These findings suggest that there is a great deal of continuity between patterns of externalizing behavior in childhood and risk-taking in early adolescence. Understanding the course of externalizing behavior in childhood can help identify children at particular risk for more serious behavioral problems in early adolescence.


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Thompson, Richard
Tabone, Jiyoung Kim
Litrownik, Alan J.
Briggs, Ernestine C.
Hussey, Jon M.
English, Diana J.
Dubowitz, Howard O.



2011


Journal of Early Adolescence

31

2

234-57


20100310








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