What we have Learned about Early Childhood and the Development of Delinquency


There has been growing interest in identifying very young children at risk for early and persistent trajectories of antisocial behavior. This interest has been motivated by several studies on early- versus late-starting antisocial youth (Moffitt, 1993; Patterson, Capaldi, & Bank, 1991). Several researchers have documented that compared to late starters, who begin delinquent activity in mid- to late-adolescence, early starters show a more persistent and chronic trajectory of antisocial behavior extending from middle childhood to adulthood.


Early Childhood Antisocial Behavior Disruptive Behavior Physical Aggression Delinquent Behavior 
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  1. 1.Department of Psychology and PsychiatryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburgh
  2. 2.Pitt Mother and Child Project University of PittsburghPittsburgh

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