Neighborhood disadvantage, parent-child conflict, neighborhood peer relationships, and early antisocial behavior problem trajectories

Erin M. Ingoldsby, Daniel S. Shaw, Emily Winslow, Michael Schonberg, Miles Gilliom, Michael M. Criss

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This study examined relations among neighborhood disadvantage, parent-child conflict, deviant peer involvement in the neighborhood, and early-starting antisocial trajectories. Antisocial group patterns were identified in 218 low-income boys followed from ages 5 to 11, and neighborhood and family variables were evaluated as predictors in early and middle childhood. Four trajectory groups emerged: one increasing pattern that corresponded with developmental theories of early-starting antisocial behavior; one with initially high and decreasing problems over time; and two low antisocial groups. Parent-child conflict and neighborhood disadvantage were significantly associated with trajectory patterns, with youth in the 2 higher antisocial behavior groups characterized by more neighborhood problems and parent-child conflict than other groups. The results suggest that in early childhood, neighborhood disadvantage and family conflict place children at risk for early-starting trajectories, and that involvement with deviant peers in the neighborhood takes on an increasingly important role in patterns of antisocial behavior over middle childhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-319
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006



  • Antisocial behavior
  • Community disadvantage
  • Neighborhood
  • Peers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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