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NCJ Number: 189986 Find in a Library
Title: Predicting Girls' Conduct Disorder in Adolescence from Childhood Trajectories of Disruptive Behaviors
Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  Volume:40  Issue:6  Dated:June 2001  Pages:678-684
Author(s): Sylvana Cote M.Ps.; Mark Zoccolillo M.D.; Richard E. Tremblay Ph.D.; Daniel Nagin Ph.D.; Frank Vitaro Ph.D.
Editor(s): Mina K. Dulcan M.D.
Date Published: June 2001
Page Count: 7
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined girls’ developmental trajectories of disruptive behaviors during the elementary school years and to predict conduct disorder symptoms and diagnosis in adolescence with trajectories of these behaviors.
Abstract: The objective of this study was to test whether girls with distinct trajectories of disruptive behaviors in childhood could be identified and whether higher-level trajectories were related to conduct disorder symptoms and diagnosis in adolescence. The study sample consisted of 820 girls from the province of Quebec followed over 10-years (1986-1996). The study was conducted on a non-clinical, population-based sample, using assessments of child behavior by a different teacher for every elementary school year, and assessments of conduct disorder by the adolescent. Four groups of girls following trajectories with distinct levels of disruptive behaviors were identified: a low, medium, medium-high, and high trajectory. Girls on trajectories reflecting higher levels of disruptive behaviors were likely to report higher numbers of conduct symptoms. Girls on the two highest trajectories had significantly higher rates of conduct disorder diagnosis in adolescence. The same results were found when the analyses were conducted on a sub-sample of girls representative of the Quebec population. The findings supported the idea that there was an early onset pathway for conduct disorder, at least for some girls. A clinical implication of the study was that early treatment and prevention of antisocial behavior may also be useful for girls, as they were for boys. References
Main Term(s): Female deviance
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Adolescents at risk; Deviance; Problem behavior; Risk taking behavior
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