Transactional pathways in the development of externalizing behaviors in a sample of kindergarten children with impaired self-control

Michael G. Vaughn, Brian E. Perron, Kevin M. Beaver, Matt DeLisi, Jade Wexler

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Abstract

Problems relating to self-regulatory skills, interpersonal skills, and learning difficulties place children at increased risk for persistent externalizing behaviors. However, less is known about the antecedents of externalizing behavior in children most at-risk for antisocial behavior over the life-course. The current study used longitudinal data from 1,594 children previously shown to have severe behavioral problems selected from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey, Kindergarten Class (ECLS-K) to examine these developmental pathways. Structural equation modeling showed that learning problems, fine motor problems, and gross motor problems occurring at wave 1 were interrelated and variously predictive of self-control deficits and interpersonal deficits at wave 2. Both self-control and interpersonal deficits at wave 2 significantly predicted externalizing behaviors at wave 4. The findings add to an accumulating knowledge base indicating that externalizing behaviors are importantly related to learning, motor, interpersonal, and self-control deficits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationControl Theory and its Applications
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages41-54
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781616683849
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Vaughn, M. G., Perron, B. E., Beaver, K. M., DeLisi, M., & Wexler, J. (2011). Transactional pathways in the development of externalizing behaviors in a sample of kindergarten children with impaired self-control. In Control Theory and its Applications (pp. 41-54). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..