Antisocial behavior: Exploring behavioral, cognitive, and environmental influences on expulsion
We investigated the role of three significant potential contributors to antisocial behavior (ASB)-behavior, cognitive, and environmental influences-and their impact on expulsion. The following measures were administered to a community sample of antisocial adolescents: nonverbal ability and working memory, behavioral profile (rated by the social worker and self-rated), and environmental background (socio-economic background and family structure). The data indicated that their working memory performance was in the average range; however, group means were significantly lower in the nonverbal ability test. Although social workers' assessments of the adolescents' behavior were closely related to their self-reports, it was the latter that was best able to correctly classify those who had been expelled from their non-expelled ASB peers. Environmental background did not appear to have a strong role in expulsion rates. The results are discussed in the context of persistency of ASB and ways forward to provide support and intervention for adolescents. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
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Alloway, Lawrence, A., & Rodger, S. (2013). Antisocial Behavior: Exploring Behavioral, Cognitive, and Environmental Influences on Expulsion. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27(4), 520–526. https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.2931