Self-control and early adolescent antisocial behavior: A longitudinal analysis
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SourceJournal of Early Adolescence, 29, 4, (2009), pp. 497-517
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SW OW PWO [owi]
SW OZ BSI OGG
FSW_Institute for Gender Studies (IGS)
FSW_IGS Institute for Gender Studies
Journal of Early Adolescence
SubjectDeveloping normativity in education; Developmental Psychopathology; Dynamics of gender
The article discusses a three-wave longitudinal study that investigates the relationship between self-control and aggressive and delinquent behavior of early adolescent boys and girls. The sample consists of 1,012 Dutch adolescents (mean age = 12.3) in their first year of secondary education. Structural equation modeling analyses reveal that high levels of self-control consistently decrease aggressive and delinquent behavior in the subsequent 6 months follow-up intervals. Results for the total sample do not support the hypothesis that self-control is influenced by previous levels of aggression or delinquency. For boys, the partial evidence found indicates reciprocal effects of self-control and delinquency.
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