Changing the relationship between impulsivity and antisocial behavior: the impact of a school engagement program

This study examines the extent to which a third-party policing experiment designed to prevent truancy in disadvantaged adolescents is able to weaken the effect of impulsivity on self-reported antisocial behavior over time. Data are used from the Ability School Engagement Program (ASEP), a randomized...

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Published in:Crime & delinquency
Main Author: Cardwell, Stephanie M. (Author)
Other Authors: Mazerolle, Lorraine Green (Author); Bennett, Sarah
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2019
In:Crime & delinquency
Year: 2019, Volume: 65, Issue: 8, Pages: 1076-1101
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:This study examines the extent to which a third-party policing experiment designed to prevent truancy in disadvantaged adolescents is able to weaken the effect of impulsivity on self-reported antisocial behavior over time. Data are used from the Ability School Engagement Program (ASEP), a randomized controlled trial of 102 high truant youth from Brisbane, Australia who were followed for 2 years postrandomization. We find that ASEP weakened the effect of impulsivity on the diversity of self-reported antisocial behavior throughout the study for those in the experiment. This study provides evidence that an intervention that was designed to prevent truancy has the additional benefit of hindering the relationship between impulsivity and self-reported antisocial behavior variety.
ISSN:1552-387X
DOI:10.1177/0011128718781305