Do antisocial females exhibit poor outcomes in adulthood?: An Australian cohort study

Bor, William, McGee, Tara Renae, Hayatbakhsh, Reza, Dean, Angela and Najman, Jake M. (2010) Do antisocial females exhibit poor outcomes in adulthood?: An Australian cohort study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44 7: 648-657. doi:10.3109/00048671003631159

Author Bor, William
McGee, Tara Renae
Hayatbakhsh, Reza
Dean, Angela
Najman, Jake M.
Title Do antisocial females exhibit poor outcomes in adulthood?: An Australian cohort study
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8674
Publication date 2010-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/00048671003631159
Volume 44
Issue 7
Start page 648
End page 657
Total pages 10
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Abstract: Objective: Antisocial behaviour in young people is common and associated with adverse effects in adulthood. The question whether these effects are observed in both genders remains controversial. A typology of antisocial behaviour that captures childhood limited (CL), adolescent onset (AO) and life course persistent behaviour (LCP) through both developmental stages is utilized to examine young adult outcomes in both sexes.

Methods: The Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy (MUSP) data set is a longitudinal study following up a cohort of 7223 infants and mothers from antenatal care to the child's 21st year. Data on child antisocial behaviour was collected at ages 5 and 14 years. At the 21-year follow up, self-reported outcomes were collected on antisocial behaviour, use of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis, physical and mental health functioning. The relationship between the three antisocial sub-types and negative young adult outcomes was examined for both males and females using a series of logistic regressions.

Results: Complete data across 21 years was available for 3173 participants. Males experienced higher levels of antisocial behaviour. In both males and females, AO and LCP groups exhibited elevated risk of negative outcomes including continuing antisocial behaviour, cannabis use, general health problems and depression/anxiety symptoms. The CL group exhibited poorer outcomes in physical and mental health but not in other domains.

Conclusion: Both males and females exhibiting AO and LCP antisocial behaviour are at increased risk of serious adverse outcomes in young adulthood. The significant loss to follow up of high-risk groups suggests the important relationship between early antisocial behaviour and problems in adulthood have been underestimated. Further research is required to understand antisocial behaviour in adolescence, identify factors that reinforce its continuity into adulthood, and identify interventions which are able to modify adult outcomes.
© Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V.

Keyword Adolescence
Antisocial behaviour
Gender differences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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