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A Biosocial Review on Childhood Antisocial Behavior
A biosocial review on childhood antisocial behavior
Chris L.GibsonUniversity of Florida
Elise T.CostaUniversity of Florida

The emergence of early and persistent childhood conduct problems is arguably the largest “red flag” for antisocial behavior and violent offending in adulthood (see Moffitt, 1993). Not all children who exhibit behavioral problems in childhood grow up to become maladaptive adults, but it is often the case that maladaptive, antisocial, and violent behavior that continues into mid adulthood has its origins in early childhood. As the old saying goes, “past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior.”

Research has consistently shown that roughly 10% of youth account for a disproportionate amount of antisocial and violent behavior (Moffitt, 1993; Wolfgang, Figlio, & Sellin, 1972). Research has ...

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