Association between early childhood aggression and internalizing behavior for sibling pairs

Fagan, AA and Najman, JM (2003) Association between early childhood aggression and internalizing behavior for sibling pairs. Journal of The American Academy of Child And Adolescent Psychiatry, 42 9: 1093-1100. doi:10.1097/01.CHI.0000070240.24125.EA


Author Fagan, AA
Najman, JM
Title Association between early childhood aggression and internalizing behavior for sibling pairs
Journal name Journal of The American Academy of Child And Adolescent Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0890-8567
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/01.CHI.0000070240.24125.EA
Volume 42
Issue 9
Start page 1093
End page 1100
Total pages 8
Place of publication Philadelphia
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Abstract Objective: This article investigates sibling similarity in early childhood problem behavior. Method: Analyses are based on an Australian longitudinal study of health and development that included sister, brother, and mixed-sex sibling pairs. Pregnant women were recruited into the study in 1981 to 1983 and provided information regarding family characteristics and child behavior from birth through the age of 5 years. The relationship between older and younger siblings' aggression and internalizing behavior at the age of 5 years is examined, based upon maternal reports on a shortened version of the Child Behavior Checklist for 414 sibling pairs (60% of the initial sibling sample). Results: The results demonstrate a moderately strong association between sibling's aggression and internalizing behavior, for mixed- and same-sex siblings, with correlation coefficients of 0.26 to 0.39. The association between older and younger sibling's behavior remains significant, controlling for family characteristics such as mother's age, mental health, marital status, affection toward children, and family size and income. Conclusions: The findings highlight the importance of including siblings in family-based intervention programs aimed at reducing child behavior problems.
Keyword Psychology, Developmental
Pediatrics
Psychiatry
Sibling Resemblance
Aggression
Internalizing Behavior
Child Behavior Checklist
Conduct Problems
Substance Use
Delinquency
Adolescence
Adjustment
Competence
Pregnancy
Quality
Families
Adoptees
Child Behavior
Checklist
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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