Development of ASB 1: the development of antisocial behaviour in adolescents and young adults

Czech, Suzanne and Kemp, Richard I. (2010) Development of ASB 1: the development of antisocial behaviour in adolescents and young adults. Australian Journal of Psychology, 62 (3). pp. 149-159. ISSN 0004-9530


A substantial proportion of adolescent antisocial behaviour (ASB) research has focused on identifying the chronic offender; comparatively little research has investigated developmental patterns among the general adolescent population, who account for a large proportion of ASB participation. A modified version of the Mak Self-Report Behaviour Scale was administered to 233 (relatively advantaged) community adolescents (aged 9–17), and 193 young adults (aged 18–25). Not available in previous instruments, in addition to prevalence rates, the Adolescent ASB Scale (AASBS) accurately identifies specifically when adolescents enter, exit, and peak in their ASB participation. An earlier age of ASB participation was associated with greater frequency, severity and duration. The most noteworthy finding was a mid-adolescent peak in ASB participation, which was shorter and more dramatic for girls. These findings provide knowledge critical for informing future research into
causal explanations for the temporary and dramatic increase in adolescent ASB, and for developing more effective
intervention practices with mainstream youth.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 18 May 2012 06:17
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2014 03:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescence; antisocial behaviour; development
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/00049530903334471

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