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

Sheryl A Hemphill, Todd I Herrenkohl, Andrea N LaFazia, Barbara J McMorris, John W Toumbourou, Michael W Arthur, Richard F Catalano, J David Hawkins, Lyndal Bond

Crime & Delinquency | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2007


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 coun..

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