Childhood predictors differentiate life-course persistent and adolescence-limited antisocial pathways among males and females.

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Journal Article

This article reports a comparison on childhood risk factors of males and females exhibiting childhood-onset and adolescent-onset antisocial behavior, using data from the Dunedin longitudinal study. Childhood-onset delinquents had childhoods of inadequate parenting, neurocognitive problems, and temperament and behavior problems, whereas adolescent-onset delinquents did not have these pathological backgrounds. Sex comparisons showed a male-to-female ratio of 10:1 for childhood-onset delinquency but a sex ratio of only 1.5:1 for adolescence-onset delinquency. Showing the same pattern as males, childhood-onset females had high-risk backgrounds but adolescent-onset females did not. These findings are consistent with core predictions from the taxonomic theory of life-course persistent and adolescence-limited antisocial behavior.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Moffitt, TE; Caspi, A

Published Date

  • January 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 355 - 375

PubMed ID

  • 11393651

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11393651

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-2198

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0954-5794

Language

  • eng