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Child Dev. 2008 Nov-Dec;79(6):1907-27. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01233.x.

Testing an idealized dynamic cascade model of the development of serious violence in adolescence.

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Center for Child and Family Policy, Box 90545, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, USA. dodge@duke.edu

Abstract

A dynamic cascade model of development of serious adolescent violence was proposed and tested through prospective inquiry with 754 children (50% male; 43% African American) from 27 schools at 4 geographic sites followed annually from kindergarten through Grade 11 (ages 5-18). Self, parent, teacher, peer, observer, and administrative reports provided data. Partial least squares analyses revealed a cascade of prediction and mediation: An early social context of disadvantage predicts harsh-inconsistent parenting, which predicts social and cognitive deficits, which predicts conduct problem behavior, which predicts elementary school social and academic failure, which predicts parental withdrawal from supervision and monitoring, which predicts deviant peer associations, which ultimately predicts adolescent violence. Findings suggest targets for in-depth inquiry and preventive intervention.

PMID:
19037957
PMCID:
PMC2597335
DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01233.x
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