The Development and Ecology of Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents

Thomas J. Dishion, Gerald R. Patterson

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This chapter discusses the possible role of self-regulation in the development of antisocial behavior. Consistent with a social interaction perspective, the authors assume that self-regulation is highly embedded in relationship dynamics, consisting of a set of behaviors such as turn taking and listening to others. Self-regulation is the most promising candidate for linking individual characteristics to the ecology in a way that will be helpful in understanding the development of antisocial behavior. The chapter describes the complementary hypothesis that the social interactions within a gang, replete with mutual identification, account for the influence of gangs on problem behavior. A repeating theme in the chapter, and in developmental psychopathology in general, is the synergistic relationship between intervention research and developmental research. The chapter uses a mesosystem model that incorporates both parenting practices and peer influences to explain the persistence and continuance of antisocial behavior into adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRisk, Disorder, and Adaptation
Number of pages39
ISBN (Electronic)9780470939406
ISBN (Print)9780471237389
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Antisocial adolescents
  • Antisocial children
  • Covert antisocial behavior
  • Delinquent behavior
  • Early developmental trajectories
  • Overt antisocial behavior
  • Parent-peer mesosystem
  • Parenting practices
  • Relationship dynamics
  • Siblings' behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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