ERIC Number: ED229131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Stability of Aggressive Behavior.
Eron, Leonard D.; Huesmann, L. Rowell
As indicated by multiple measures (including overt criminal behavior), stability of aggressive behavior was investigated across 22 years for males and females in a variety of situations. Originally, subjects included the entire population enrolled in the third grade in a semi-rural county in New York State. The sample included approximately 870 youngsters whose modal age at the time was 8 years. Interviews were conducted with 80 percent of the subjects' parents. Ten years later, 427 of the original subjects (modal age 19) were interviewed again. In 1981, 295 of the original subjects were interviewed in person, and another 114 were interviewed by mail. Additional data about these and other subjects in the original sample were obtained from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Division of Motor Vehicles. Interviews were conducted with the spouses of 165 subjects and 82 of the subjects' own children. To derive the measure of stability in aggression across the 22-year period, a structural model involving manifest variables and a latent "aggression" variable was developed. Based on correlation and regression analyses, results indicate (1) moderately good predictability from early to later aggression over 22 years, especially among males; (2) a relationship at 8 years between intelligence quotient and aggression that is not found later; (3) intergenerational transmission of aggression; and (4) stability of aggression as a characteristic of the individual. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intergenerational Factors; Multiple Measures Approach
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Detroit, MI, April 21-23, 1983).