ERIC Number: ED407617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
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Covariation among Adolescent Problem Behaviors: What Does It Mean?
Cooper, M. Lynne; And Others
Problem behaviors during adolescence can include substance use, low educational achievement, delinquent or conduct-disordered behavior, and indiscriminant, precocious, or risky sexual behavior. Despite the dissimilarities of these behaviors, some researchers believe that such actions share common underlying causes, which can be explained by the general-deviance models. This study seeks to replicate the higher-order factor structure of problem behavior and the direct effect of sensation-seeking on that higher-order factor in a large, representative sample of black and white adolescents, aged 13 - 19 years. A random sample of 2,052 black and white adolescents were interviewed and four clusters of problem behaviors were assessed. Results indicate that a single higher-order factor was indeed shown to account for the bulk of the covariation among the first-order problem behaviors. Data also suggest that common causal explanations cannot fully account for the covariation among problem behaviors and a number of alternative explanations are explored. These exceptions notwithstanding, the general deviance model appears to provide an accurate explanation for the covariation among problem behaviors and such models offer important explanatory frameworks for understanding the etiology of problem behaviors. Four models are illustrated and data are displayed in two tables. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Inst. on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
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