Comparison of the structure of adolescent problem behavior in the United States and Australia

Hemphill, Sheryl A., Herrenkohl, Todd I., Lafazia, Andrea N., McMorris, Barbara J., Toumbourou, John, Arthur, Michael W., Catalano, Richard F., Hawkins, J. David and Bond, Lyndal 2007, Comparison of the structure of adolescent problem behavior in the United States and Australia, Crime and delinquency, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 303-321, doi: 10.1177/0011128705284682.

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Title Comparison of the structure of adolescent problem behavior in the United States and Australia
Author(s) Hemphill, Sheryl A.
Herrenkohl, Todd I.
Lafazia, Andrea N.
McMorris, Barbara J.
Toumbourou, JohnORCID iD for Toumbourou, John
Arthur, Michael W.
Catalano, Richard F.
Hawkins, J. David
Bond, Lyndal
Journal name Crime and delinquency
Volume number 53
Issue number 2
Start page 303
End page 321
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2007-04
ISSN 0011-1287
Keyword(s) problem behavior
drug use
Summary Some extant theory and empirical research suggests that youth problem behaviors, such as substance abuse and delinquency, reflect a single underlying dimension of behavior, whereas others suggest there are several different dimensions. Few studies have examined potential international differences in the structure of problem behavior, where cultural and policy differences may create more variation in behavior and different structures. This study explored the structure of problem behavior in two representative samples of youth (ages 12-17) from Maine and Oregon in the United States (N = 33,066) and Victoria, Australia (N = 8,500). The authors examined the degree to which data from the two countries produce similar model structures using indicators of problem behavior. Results show that the data are best represented by two factors, substance use and delinquency, and there appear to be more similarities than differences in the models across countries. Implications for understanding problem behavior across cultural and developmental groups and practical and policy implications are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0011128705284682
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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