ERIC Number: EJ834938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
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Developmental Links between Trajectories of Physical Violence, Vandalism, Theft, and Alcohol-Drug Use from Childhood to Adolescence
van Lier, Pol A. C.; Vitaro, Frank; Barker, Edward D.; Koot, Hans M.; Tremblay, Richard E.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v37 n4 p481-492 May 2009
Differences in developmental trajectories of physical violence, vandalism, theft, and alcohol-drug use from ages 10 to 15 were studied. For females and for males, three trajectories of theft and of alcohol-drug use increased from 10 years to 15 years, while only the high trajectory of vandalism increased from ten to 14. All trajectories of physical violence decreased. Children who engaged in the high trajectories of vandalism, theft, and alcohol-drug use had a high probability of also being high in physical violence. Compared to males, females were less likely to be on the high trajectory of physical violence, and their trajectories of other antisocial behaviors were less strongly associated with high levels of physical violence. The results suggest that physical violence during pre-adolescence and adolescence has a different developmental pattern than other forms of antisocial behavior, and that its relation to these other forms of antisocial behavior differs by sex.
Descriptors: Violence, Vandalism, Females, Drug Abuse, Probability, Males, Correlation, Developmental Stages, Crime, Delinquency, Alcohol Abuse, Preadolescents, Adolescents, Gender Differences, Antisocial Behavior
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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