The relation between childhood proactive and reactive aggression and substance use initiation.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The current study examined whether proactive and reactive aggression were associated with the risk for initiation of substance use from fourth to ninth grade in a sample of 126 aggressive children (66% male). In addition, the study examined whether these functions of aggression increased risk for initiation via peer delinquency and peer rejection. Proactive aggression was marginally significantly directly associated with risk for initiation of alcohol use and indirectly associated with risk for initiation of marijuana and tobacco use through peer delinquency. Reactive aggression was associated with increased risk for initiation of tobacco and marijuana use through a complex chain that included both peer rejection and peer delinquency. However, high levels of reactive aggression that did not lead to peer rejection were negatively associated with risk for initiation of tobacco and marijuana use. Implications for intervention are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fite, PJ; Colder, CR; Lochman, JE; Wells, KC

Published Date

  • February 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 261 - 271

PubMed ID

  • 17823863

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-0627

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10802-007-9175-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States