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NCJ Number: 229437 Find in a Library
Title: Reactive and Proactive Aggression in Adolescent Males: Examining Differential Outcomes 10 Years Later in Early Adulthood
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:37  Issue:2  Dated:February 2010  Pages:141-157
Author(s): Paula J. Fite; Adrian Raine; Magda Stouthamer-Loeber; Rolf Loeber; Dustin A. Pardini
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Pennsylvania Dept of Health
Harrisburg, PA 17108
Grant Number: 96-MU-FX-0012;DA411018;MH 48890;MH50778;SAP#4100043365;
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the relationship between reactive and proactive aggression in adolescent males and a diverse array of psycosocial outcomes measured 10 years later in early adulthood.
Abstract: There is limited knowledge about the unique relations between adolescent reactive and proactive aggression and later psychosocial adjustment in early adulthood. Accordingly, this study prospectively examined associations between adolescent (mean age = 16) reactive and proactive aggression and psychopathic features, antisocial behavior, negative emotionality, and substance use measured 10 years later in early adulthood (mean age = 26). Study questions were examined in a longitudinal sample of 335 adolescent males. Path analyses indicate that after controlling for the stability of the outcome and the overlap between the two subtypes of aggression, reactive aggression is uniquely associated with negative emotionality, specifically anxiety, in adulthood. In contrast, proactive aggression is uniquely associated with measures of adult psychopathic features and antisocial behavior in adulthood. Both reactive and proactive aggression uniquely predicted substance use in adulthood, but the substances varied by subtype of aggression. Implications for findings are discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Adolescent males; Aggression
Index Term(s): Drug use; Juveniles; Problem behavior; Psychological theories
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