PREDICTION OF CONDUCT PROBLEMS DURING TRANSITION FROM PRESCHOOL TO SCHOOL AGE

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The purpose of this study is the identification of predictors of stable
conduct problems in young children. Existing research indicates that
antisocial patterns in youth and adults are associated with a history
of early childhood behavior problems, but prospective research indicates
that only some difficult young children develop antisocial patterns and
related psychiatric disorders. This study follows a sample of children
who vary in the level of preschool age behavior problems they
demonstrate, assessing the children during the preschool years (ages 4-5)
and again during the completion of the first year of elementary school
(ages 6-7). Dispositional and family correlates of antisocial patterns,
particularly the development of regulation of angry and aggressive
impulses, are assessed. Observational, psychophysiological, biochemical,
cognitive, and sociocognitive data are collected. The findings will
yield information for (1) profiling children at-risk for chronic
behavior problems, and (2) identifying factors which deter or promote
continuity of problems.
StatusNot started

Funding

  • National Institute of Mental Health

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