Early adolescent pathways of antisocial behaviors in poor, inner-city neighborhoods

Nan S. Park, Beom S. Lee, John M. Bolland, Alexander T. Vazsonyi, Fei Sun

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The change and stability of antisocial behavior during adolescence has triggered interest in a number of social scientific disciplines. This article longitudinally examines pathways of antisocial behavior among predominantly African American adolescents residing in inner-city, poor neighborhoods. Data were collected from 354 youth (ages 12 through 15) in an ongoing longitudinal study designed to identify the life-course trajectories of behaviors and associated developmental outcomes in inner-city youth. Growth mixture modeling was used to classify antisocial behavior trajectories, which identified three distinct developmental trajectories of antisocial behavior: high starter, incremental, and steady. Understanding developmental trajectories of antisocial behaviors is important in that it informs prevention and intervention efforts, particularly for high-risk youth populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-205
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2008


  • Antisocial behavior
  • Growth mixture modeling
  • Pathways
  • Poverty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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