Neurocognitive impairments in boys on the life-course persistent antisocial path.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study addresses 5 unresolved issues in the neuropsychology of antisocial behavior using a community sample of 325 school boys in whom neurocognitive measures were assessed at age 16-17 years. Antisocial behavior measures collected from age 7-17 years were cluster analyzed and produced 4 groups: control, childhood-limited, adolescent-limited, and life-course persistent. Those on the lifecourse persistent path and also on the childhood-limited path were particularly impaired on spatial and memory functions. Impairments were independent of abuse, psychosocial adversity, head injury, and hyperactivity. Findings provide some support for the life-course persistent versus adolescent-limited theory of antisocial behavior and suggest that (a) neurocognitive impairments are profound and not artifactual and (b) childhood-limited antisocials may not be free of long-lasting functional impairment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Raine, A; Moffitt, TE; Caspi, A; Loeber, R; Stouthamer-Loeber, M; Lynam, D

Published Date

  • February 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 114 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 38 - 49

PubMed ID

  • 15709810

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-1846

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-843X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0021-843x.114.1.38


  • eng