ERIC Number: EJ882936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
How and Why Children Change in Aggression and Delinquency from Childhood to Adolescence: Moderation of Overreactive Parenting by Child Personality
De Haan, A. D.; Prinzie, P.; Dekovic, M.
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v51 n6 p725-733 Jun 2010
Background: This study examines how and why children change in aggression and delinquency from age 6 to 15 years. Besides assessing the shape of the developmental trajectories of aggression and delinquency, we investigated whether child personality characteristics, parenting, and interactions between these two predict the development of aggression/delinquency. Methods: Employing a cohort-sequential design, data from the Flemish Study on Parenting, Personality, and Development were used. The sample consisted of 586 children aged 6-9 years at the first assessment, and their parents. Mothers, fathers, and teachers rated child personality at Time 1 using the Hierarchical Personality Inventory for Children, and mothers and fathers rated externalizing behaviors at the first, second, and third assessment using the Child Behavior Checklist. Parents rated their own overreactive parenting at Time 1 with the Parenting Scale. Results: Aggression and delinquency showed differential, though interrelated development. Less extraverted, benevolent and conscientious children, and more imaginative children were more susceptible to overreactivity. The model replicated across fathers' overreactivity. Conclusions: Parents of children who are less extraverted, benevolent and conscientious, or more imaginative, are in particular need of being supported in developing and maintaining effective disciplinary techniques.
Descriptors: Check Lists, Delinquency, Mother Attitudes, Child Rearing, Child Behavior, Personality Traits, Measurement, Father Attitudes, Aggression, Child Development, Developmental Stages, Parenting Styles, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Models, Self Control, Children, Adolescents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Personality Inventory for Children; Child Behavior Checklist