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Trajectories of prosocial behavior and physical aggression in middle childhood: Links to adolescent school dropout and physical violence

TitleTrajectories of prosocial behavior and physical aggression in middle childhood: Links to adolescent school dropout and physical violence
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsKokko, K.., Tremblay R.. E., Lacourse É., Nagin D.. S., and Vitaro F..
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume16
Pages403 - 428
Keywordsaccidents, diseases, disorders and chronic conditions, injuries and disabilities
Abstract

Trajectories of prosocial behavior and physical aggression between 6 and 12 years of age were identified for a sample (N=1,025) of males. The trajectories were then used to predict school dropout and physical violence at age 17. Using a group-based semi-parametric method, two trajectories of prosociality (low and moderate declining) and three trajectories of physical aggression (low, moderate, and high declining) were obtained. Only a small minority (3.4%) of the boys were characterized by both high aggression and moderate prosociality. Physical aggression predicted both school dropout and physical violence, but contrary to expectations, prosocial behavior did not have additive or protective effects.

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