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Harv Rev Psychiatry. 1996 Mar-Apr;3(6):341-50.

Early childhood predictors of adult psychopathology.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.


This paper considers the relationship between experience and behavioral profiles during the first 4 years of life and later psychopathology by examining the results of prospective longitudinal studies. The review revealed modest associations. The most consistent findings imply that an extreme degree of impulsivity in preschool children predicts adolescent delinquency, and that severe neuromotor anomalies in infants are a possible sign of vulnerability to adult schizophrenia.

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