The Relationship Between Childhood Deviance and Adult Deviance

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The Relationship Between Childhood Deviance and Adult Deviance Introduction The current study is a correlation design. This design will be used to find if there is a relationship between childhood conduct problems or deviance and adult deviance. Deviance for childhood will be defined as any psychological issues, conduct problems in school, such as physical fighting or lashing out in anger to teachers or peers, deviance for adults will be defined as any form of a criminal record and any form of a psychiatric record. Loeber, R., Green, S.L., Lahey, B.B. (2000) . Physical Fighting in Childhood as a Risk Factor for Later Mental Health Problems. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.…show more content…
The sample for this study was a longitudinal study of 177boys. These boys were gathered having disruptive behavior disorders. The participants were 7 to 12 years of age. The sample was composed of white(70%) and african-americans(30%). The procedures for this experiment were to conduct an annual assessment between 1987 and 1994. It was conducted with the boy and his parents. The test given to the participants in the interviews was a parallel version of the National Institute of Mental Health Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children(DISC.) The test was also modified to include all DSM III-R symptoms. The diagnostic procedure used 2 clinicians who independently reviewed reports of the participants symptoms. Through this study it yielded that 24.4% had ADHD, 36.6%had ODD, 12.2% had OAD, 12.2% had MDE, 10.5% had SAD, 4.1% had DYS, 2.9%, had ENU, and 1.2% had ENC. These disorders were recorded after and during the 7 year period. In conclusion, to the study it was shown that persistent fighters of having 2 or more diagnosis during year 7 was more than 3 times higher than the prevalence among non-fighters according to the results of the reports given from the interviewers. Persistent fighters were more likely than non-fighters to have Conduct Disorder in year 7. The present article has both strengths and weaknesses. In this

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