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J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2003 Apr;31(2):193-9; discussion 201-3.

Advancing our understanding of intergenerational continuity in antisocial behavior.

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Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260, USA.


This commentary reviews the major findings of this set of 4 papers on intergenerational continuity in antisocial behavior; it identifies strengths and remaining challenges, and discusses potential policy implications of the research. As a group, these researchers have raised the methodological bar for future work in this area, using prospective designs with multiple informants and methods to test the influences of G2 parenting and adolescent antisocial behavior in mediating continuity between G1 parenting and G3 early disruptive behavior. The pattern of findings is discussed with respect to gender of G2 and social context. The inherent challenges of conducting intergenerational research are also highlighted, within the context of offering recommendations for improving future intergenerational investigations and their feasibility.

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