Children at Risk: Initiating Goals and Reputations

  • Annemaree Carroll
  • Stephen Houghton
  • Kevin Durkin
  • John A. Hattie
Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

The roots of delinquency are often evident from an early stage in children’s lives (Farrington, 1995; Loeber & Farrington, 2000). Sutton, Utting, and Farrington (2006) found that by the time children enter primary school, those who have not learned self-control may resort to aggression and bullying to attain attention and control. Significant developments have taken place prior to this during the preschool years, however, in children’s capacity for behavioral self-regulation, particularly in the ability to attain challenging, personal, or situational goals (Winsler, Diaz, Atencio, McCarthy, & Chabay, 2000). Children who are known to be at significant risk for continuing behavior problems are often identified by teachers and/or parents at this preschool level because of their overactive, impulsive, inattentive, or generally difficult to manage behaviors (Winsler et al., 2000). These difficulties in self-regulation make it more likely that, unless they are taught the skills of...


Goal Orientation Social Image Structural Equation Modeling Approach Deviant Activity Social Reputation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annemaree Carroll
    • 1
  • Stephen Houghton
    • 2
  • Kevin Durkin
    • 3
  • John A. Hattie
    • 4
  1. 1.The University of QueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.University of Westem AustraliaAustralia
  3. 3.University of StrathclydeUK
  4. 4.University of AucklandNew Zealand

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