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Early concern and disregard for others as predictors of antisocial behavior.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23320806     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: Prediction of antisocial behavior is important, given its adverse impact on both the individuals engaging in antisocial behavior and society. Additional research identifying early predictors of future antisocial behavior, or antisocial propensity, is needed. The present study tested the hypothesis that both concern for others and active disregard for others in distress in toddlers and young children predict antisocial behavior during middle childhood and adolescence.
METHODS: A representative sample of same-sex twins (N=956) recruited in Colorado was examined. Mother-rated and researcher-observed concern and disregard for others assessed at age 14-36 months were examined as predictors of parent- (age 4-12), teacher- (age 7-12), and self-reported (age 17) antisocial behavior.
RESULTS:   Observed disregard for others predicted antisocial behavior assessed by three different informants (parents, teachers, and self), including antisocial behavior assessed 14 years later. It also predicted a higher order antisocial behavior factor (β=.58, p<.01) after controlling for observed concern for others. Mother-rated disregard for others predicted parent-reported antisocial behavior. Contrary to predictions, neither mother-rated nor observed concern for others inversely predicted antisocial behavior. RESULTS of twin analyses suggested that the covariation between observed disregard for others and antisocial behavior was due to shared environmental influences.
CONCLUSIONS: Disregard for others in toddlerhood/early childhood is a strong predictor of antisocial behavior in middle childhood and adolescence. The results suggest the potential need for early assessment of disregard for others and the development of potential interventions.
Authors:
Soo Hyun Rhee; Naomi P Friedman; Debra L Boeldt; Robin P Corley; John K Hewitt; Ariel Knafo; Benjamin B Lahey; JoAnn Robinson; Carol A Van Hulle; Irwin D Waldman; Susan E Young; Carolyn Zahn-Waxler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Twin Study     Date:  2012-07-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines     Volume:  54     ISSN:  1469-7610     ISO Abbreviation:  J Child Psychol Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-16     Completed Date:  2013-07-12     Revised Date:  2014-07-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375361     Medline TA:  J Child Psychol Psychiatry     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  157-66     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2012 The Author. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry © 2012 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Antisocial Personality Disorder / psychology*
Child
Child, Preschool
Empathy*
Female
Humans
Infant
Longitudinal Studies
Male
Mothers / psychology
Self Report
Twins, Dizygotic / psychology
Twins, Monozygotic / psychology
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
DA011015/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; HD010333/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; HD050346/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; MH016880/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; P60 DA011015/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01 HD010333/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD050346/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; T32 MH016880/MH/NIMH NIH HHS
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Comment In:
J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2013 Feb;54(2):167-8   [PMID:  23194463 ]

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