ERIC Number: EJ899707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
Developmental Trajectories of Boys' and Girls' Delinquency: Sex Differences and Links to Later Adolescent Outcomes
Miller, Shari; Malone, Patrick S.; Dodge, Kenneth A.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v38 n7 p1021-1032 Oct 2010
This study examined gender differences in trajectories of delinquent behaviors over a 6-year period in adolescence and differential outcomes of these diverse developmental pathways. Participants were 754 children who were part of a longitudinal study of the development of early starting conduct problems. Four trajectory patterns were identified across grades 7-12: increasing, desisting, chronic, and nonproblem groups. Although the proportion of boys and girls varied across the pathways, both genders were represented on these trajectories. Boys were more represented on the chronic and desisting trajectories; girls were more represented in the nonproblem group. However, the proportion of boys and girls was similar in the increasing trajectory. Trajectory membership significantly predicted age 19 outcomes for partner violence, risky sexual behavior and depression, and the risk conferred on these negative adjustment outcomes did not vary by gender. The overall pattern was characterized by poor outcomes at age 19 for youth in both the chronic and the increasing trajectories. The major conclusion is that, other than base rate differences, developmental patterns and outcomes for girls mimic those previously found for boys.
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Adolescents, Sexuality, Adolescent Development, Gender Differences, Depression (Psychology), Delinquency, Longitudinal Studies, Behavior Problems, Prediction, Family Violence, Risk, Health Behavior, Social Adjustment
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