Replicating the Co-Variation of Adolescent Problem Behavior

  • John E. Donovan
  • Richard JessorEmail author
  • Frances M. Costa
Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)


An earlier study of ours that used data collected in 1972 found that a single common factor accounted for the positive correlations among a number of adolescent problem behaviors, including problem drinking, marijuana use, delinquent-type behavior, and precocious sexual intercourse. The present maximum-likelihood factor analyses replicated this finding on new samples of male and female 11th- and 12th-grade students tested 13 years later, in 1985. The findings lend further support to the concept of a syndrome of problem behavior in adolescence.


Problem behavior Conventional behavior Problem behavior syndrome Marijuana use Precocious sex Drunkenness Delinquency Single underlying factor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. Donovan
    • 1
  • Richard Jessor
    • 2
    Email author
  • Frances M. Costa
    • 3
  1. 1.University of PittsburghSchool of MedicinePittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Behavioral ScienceUniversity of Colorado at BoulderBoulderUSA
  3. 3.University of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA

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