Specifying criminogenic strains: Stress dynamics and conduct disorder trajectories


Journal Article

This article examines family stress dynamics and conduct disorder trajectories prospectively in the lives of adolescents from the Great Smoky Mountains Study of Youth (n = 1,319). Semi-parametric mixture models are used to identify distinct trajectories of conduct disorder, poverty, and family structure. We specify criminogenic features of dynamic family strains with multivariate models. Results highlight the protective role of family stability over time where having always lived in a single-parent family does not elevate the odds of belonging to the riskier conduct disorder groups. Furthermore, poverty duration is also salient where non-chronic exposure is associated with conduct disorder desistance. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Foster, H; Nagin, DS; Hagan, J; Angold, A; Costello, EJ

Published Date

  • July 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 440 - 175

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1521-0456

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0163-9625

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/01639620903231340

Citation Source

  • Scopus