What predicts persistent early conduct problems? Evidence from the growing up in Scotland cohort

Wilson, P., Bradshaw, P., Tipping, S., Henderson, M. , Der, G. and Minnis, H. (2013) What predicts persistent early conduct problems? Evidence from the growing up in Scotland cohort. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 67(1), pp. 76-80. (doi:10.1136/jech-2011-200856)

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Abstract

<p>BACKGROUND: There is a strong case for early identification of factors predicting life-course-persistent conduct disorder. The authors aimed to identify factors associated with repeated parental reports of preschool conduct problems.</p> <p>METHOD: Nested case–control study of Scottish children who had behavioural data reported by parents at 3, 4 and 5 years.</p> <p>RESULTS: 79 children had abnormal conduct scores at all three time points (‘persistent conduct problems’) and 434 at one or two points (‘inconsistent conduct problems’). 1557 children never had abnormal scores. Compared with children with no conduct problems, children with reported problems were significantly more likely to have mothers who smoked during pregnancy. They were less likely to be living with both parents and more likely to be in poor general health, to have difficulty being understood, to have a parent who agrees that smacking is sometimes necessary and to be taken to visit other people with children rarely. The results for children with persistent and inconsistent conduct problems were similar, but associations with poverty and maternal smoking were significantly less strong in the inconsistent group.</p> <p>CONCLUSION: These factors may be valuable in early identification of risk of major social difficulties.</p>

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Der, Mr Geoffrey and Henderson, Dr Marion and Wilson, Dr Philip and Minnis, Professor Helen
Authors: Wilson, P., Bradshaw, P., Tipping, S., Henderson, M., Der, G., and Minnis, H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:0143-005X
ISSN (Online):1470-2738
Published Online:27 July 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 67(1):76-80
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under Creative Commons License

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