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Laursen, Brett; Hartl, Amy C.; Vitaro, Frank; Brendgen, Mara; Dionne, Ginette; Boivin, Michel – Developmental Psychology, 2017
This investigation examines the spread of problem behaviors (substance use and delinquency) between twin siblings. A sample of 628 twins (151 male twin pairs and 163 female twin pairs) drawn from the Quebec Newborn Twin Study completed inventories describing delinquency and substance use at ages 13, 14, and 15. A 3-wave longitudinal actor-partner…
Descriptors: Substance Abuse, Delinquency, Adolescents, Twins
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Salvas, Marie-Claude; Vitaro, Frank; Brendgen, Mara; Dionne, Ginette; Tremblay, Richard E.; Boivin, Michel – Developmental Psychology, 2014
Several authors consider high and frequent conflicts between friends during childhood as a serious risk for subsequent conduct problems such as generalized physical aggression toward others (e.g., Kupersmidt, Burchinal, & Patterson, 1995; Sebanc, 2003). Although it seems logical to assume that friendship conflict could have some negative…
Descriptors: Friendship, Behavior Problems, Aggression, Conflict
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Dirghangi, Shrija; Kahn, Gilly; Laursen, Brett; Brendgen, Mara; Vitaro, Frank; Dionne, Ginette; Boivin, Michel – Developmental Psychology, 2015
This study tested 2 related hypotheses. The first holds that high co-rumination anticipates heightened internalizing problems. The second holds that positive relationships with friends exacerbate the risk for internalizing problems arising from co-rumination. A sample of MZ twins followed from birth (194 girls and 170 boys) completed (a)…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Friendship, Peer Influence, Anxiety
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van Lier, Pol A. C.; Vitaro, Frank; Barker, Edward D.; Brendgen, Mara; Tremblay, Richard E.; Boivin, Michel – Child Development, 2012
This study explored whether early elementary school aged children's externalizing problems impede academic functioning and foster negative social experiences such as peer victimization, thereby making these children vulnerable for developing internalizing problems and possibly increasing their externalizing problems. It also explored whether early…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Underachievement, Foreign Countries, Victims
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Brendgen, Mara; Lamarche, Veronique; Wanner, Brigitte; Vitaro, Frank – Developmental Psychology, 2010
The present study examined to what extent different types of friendship experiences (i.e., friendlessness, having depressed friends, and having nondepressed friends) are associated with early adolescents' longitudinal trajectories of depressed mood. On the basis of a sample of 201 youths (108 girls, 93 boys), we identified 3 distinct longitudinal…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Friendship, Adolescents, Depression (Psychology)