Self-control and early adolescent antisocial behavior: A longitudinal analysis

R.A.T. de Kemp, A.A. Vermulst, C. Finkenauer, R.H.J. Scholte, G. Overbeek, E.W.M. Rommes, R.C.M.E. Engels

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    The article discusses a three-wave longitudinal study that investigates the relationship between self-control and aggressive and delinquent behavior of early adolescent boys and girls. The sample consists of 1,012 Dutch adolescents (mean age = 12.3) in their first year of secondary education. Structural equation modeling analyses reveal that high levels of self-control consistently decrease aggressive and delinquent behavior in the subsequent 6 months follow-up intervals. Results for the total sample do not support the hypothesis that self-control is influenced by previous levels of aggression or delinquency. For boys, the partial evidence found indicates reciprocal effects of self-control and delinquency. © 2009 SAGE Publications.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)497-517
    JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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