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Continuity and change in anger and aggressiveness from infancy to childhood: The protective effects of positive parenting

Perra, Oliver, Paine, Amy L. ORCID: and Hay, Dale F. ORCID: 2021. Continuity and change in anger and aggressiveness from infancy to childhood: The protective effects of positive parenting. Development and Psychopathology 33 (3) , pp. 937-956. 10.1017/S0954579420000243

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Early signs of anger and aggression can be identified in infancy. Our aim was to use person-centered methods to identify which infants were most at risk for clinically significant behavioral problems by age 3 and diagnoses of ODD/CD by 7 years, while considering the role of family risk factors and positive parenting. A representative British community sample of 304 infants was assessed by multiple informants at mean ages of 6, 21, and 36 months of age. Latent Transition Analysis (LTA) identified three ordered subgroups at each age, with one subgroup (18%) displaying high levels of physical force as well as anger. These angry aggressive infants were at elevated risk for behavioral problems in early childhood and diagnoses of conduct disorder (CD) and/or oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) at 7 years of age. After other risk factors were taken into account, parents' beliefs in warm parenting and their observed positive affect while interacting with their infants were protective factors. These findings indicate the significance of very early manifestations of angry aggressiveness and have relevance for developmental theories of aggression and prevention strategies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0954-5794
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 January 2020
Date of Acceptance: 17 December 2019
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2023 09:57

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