Replicating the Co-Variation of Adolescent Problem Behavior
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.
KeywordsProblem behavior Conventional behavior Problem behavior syndrome Marijuana use Precocious sex Drunkenness Delinquency Single underlying factor
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