Outcomes of serious antisocial behavior from childhood to early adulthood in two Puerto Rican samples in two contexts

Glorisa J. Canino, Patrick E. Shrout, Melanie Wall, Margarita Alegria, Cristiane S. Duarte, Hector R. Bird

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Abstract

Purpose: The patterns or trajectories of serious antisocial behavior (ASB) in children are examined to determine the extent to which context, gender, and the severity and persistence of ASB from childhood/early adolescence to later adolescence/early adulthood is associated with negative outcomes. Methods: A four wave longitudinal study obtained data on two multi-stage probability household samples of Puerto Rican background children (5–13 years at baseline) living in the San Juan Metropolitan Area of Puerto Rico (PR) and the South Bronx (SBx) of New York. The outcomes studied were any psychiatric disorder including substance use disorders and teenage pregnancy. Results: Both males and females raised in the SBx had much higher risk of serious ASB (42.3%) as compared to those in PR (17.8%). Concurrent ASB4 + in the fourth wave was strongly related to SUD and MDD for both males and females at Wave 4. Conclusions: Serious ASB is likely to persist at least to the next developmental period of a child and is likely to be associated with substance use disorders and major depression later in life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSocial psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Representative samples
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Trajectories of antisocial behavior
  • Two different contexts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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