Onset of conduct disorder, use of delinquent subsistence strategies, and street victimization among homeless and runaway adolescents in the Midwest

Xiaojin Chen, Lisa Thrane, Les B. Whitbeck, Kurt D. Johnson, Dan R. Hoyt

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Abstract

This study examines the effects of childhood-onset conduct disorder on later antisocial behavior and street victimization among a group of homeless and runaway adolescents. Four hundred twenty-eight homeless and runaway youth were interviewed directly on the streets and in shelters from four Midwestern states. Key findings include the following. First, compared with those who exhibit adolescent-onset conduct disorder, youth with childhood onset are more likely to engage in a series of antisocial behaviors such as use of sexual and nonsexual survival strategies. Second, youth with childhood-onset conduct disorder are more likely to experience violent victimization; this association, however, is mostly through an intervening process such as engagement in deviant survival strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1156-1183
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume22
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007

Keywords

  • Homeless and runaway adolescents
  • Onset of conduct disorder
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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