ERIC Number: EJ794399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
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Patterns of Problem Behavior in Relation to Thriving and Precocious Behavior in Late Adolescence
Campa, Mary I.; Bradshaw, Catherine P.; Eckenrode, John; Zielinski, David S.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v37 n6 p627-640 Jul 2008
Several studies have indicated that an early onset of delinquent and problem behaviors is associated with a greater risk of subsequent behavioral and mental health problems. This study builds on that literature by examining histories of behavior problems in relation to indicators of thriving and precocious behavior during late adolescence. Using longitudinal data from 289 high-risk adolescents, participants were classified according to their problem behavior histories at ages 15 and 19. Findings indicated that although some adolescents experienced decline over time in their overt behavior problems, those youth showed fewer indicators of thriving when compared to adolescents with no history of behavior problems. Youth with an earlier onset of behavior problems also evinced an increased risk for precocious behavior. Gender differences and implications for prevention through youth development programming are discussed.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Late Adolescents, Adolescents, Gender Differences, At Risk Persons, Mental Health, Mental Disorders, Longitudinal Studies, Classification, Comparative Analysis, Youth Programs, Prevention
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