Childhood-Limited Versus Persistent Antisocial Behavior Why Do Some Recover and Others Do Not? The TRAILS Study

R Veenstra, S Lindenberg, Frank Verhulst, J Ormel

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Possible differences between childhood-limited antisocial youth and their stable high-antisocial counterparts were examined. Children were 11 years old at wave 1 (T1) and 13.5 at wave 2 (T2). At both waves, the same parent, teacher, and self-reports of antisocial behavior were used. Stable highs and childhood-limited antisocial youth differed somewhat in family and individual background. Stable highs had less effortful control, perceived more overprotection, had a higher level of familial vulnerability to externalizing disorder, and lived less often with the same parents throughout their lives than the childhood-limited group. Both groups had similar levels of service use before T1, but after that period, the childhood-limited youth received more help from special education needs services than from problem behavior services, and vice versa for stable highs. The results suggest that the childhood-limited antisocial youth recovered not only from antisocial behavior but also from academic failure, peer rejection, and internalizing problems.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)718-742
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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