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Gender-Specific Trajectories of Conduct Problems from Ages 3 to 11

Gutman, LM; Joshi, H; Parsonage, M; Schoon, I; (2018) Gender-Specific Trajectories of Conduct Problems from Ages 3 to 11. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology , 46 (7) pp. 1467-1480. 10.1007/s10802-017-0379-1. Green open access

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Abstract

Gender-specific pathways of conduct problems (CP) from toddlerhood have received little attention. Using a nationally representative sample of UK children born in 2000-2001 (6458 boys and 6340 girls), the current study (a) identified subgroups of CP pathways separately for boys and girls from ages 3 to 11 and (b) examined early precursors (pregnancy to 9 months) of these trajectories. Group-based trajectory models identified four distinct trajectories for both boys and girls: each characterized as 'low'; 'early-onset, desisting'; 'early-onset, persistent' and 'school-onset'. This suggests that the taxonomic framework developed to conceptualise childhood-onset CP among males is also applicable to females, though needing some revision to capture heterogeneity identified during early and middle childhood. We also found significant precursors of the different trajectory groups with some variation by gender. Early socioeconomic deprivation was a significant risk factor of the early-onset pathways among both genders, but played no significant role for 'school-onset'. Childhood-onset trajectories of boys, but not girls, were predicted by parenting attitudes and behaviour.

Type: Article
Title: Gender-Specific Trajectories of Conduct Problems from Ages 3 to 11
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10802-017-0379-1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-017-0379-1
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2018. Open Access: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Conduct problems, Gender-specific trajectories, Group-based trajectories, Early childhood
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10041513
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