The authors want to thank the editor. Robert J. Bursik, and two anonymous reviewers for their valuable suggestions. Correspondence concerning the article may be sent to Andrea G. Donker. NSCR, P.O. Box 792. 2300 AT Leiden, the Netherlands. Tel: +31 (71) 5278527. Fax: +31 (71) 5278537. E-mail: email@example.com
INDIVIDUAL STABILITY OF ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR FROM CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOOD: TESTING THE STABILITY POSTULATE OF MOFFITT'S DEVELOPMENTAL THEORY*
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Volume 41, Issue 3, pages 593–609, August 2003
How to Cite
DONKER, A. G., SMEENK, W. H., van der LAAN, P. H. and VERHULST, F. C. (2003), INDIVIDUAL STABILITY OF ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR FROM CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOOD: TESTING THE STABILITY POSTULATE OF MOFFITT'S DEVELOPMENTAL THEORY. Criminology, 41: 593–609. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2003.tb00998.x
Andrea G. Donker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at Leiden University and a Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) in Leiden, the Netherlands. Her research interests include developmental criminology and biocriminology.
Wilma H. Smeenk is Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) in Leiden, the Netherlands. Her research interests include theoretical criminology, developmental criminology and intra-family violence.
Peter H. van der Laan is Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and Associate Professor of the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at Leiden University, the Netherlands. His research interests include juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice issues and community sanctions.
Frank C. Verhulst is Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Sophia Children's Hospital/Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His main field of interest is the epidemiology of child/adolescent psychopathology, with an emphasis on longitudinal research. His English-language publications comprise over 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals, four books and four monographs. He is joint editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
- childhood disruptive behavior;
- emerging adulthood;
- developmental criminology
This paper presents a test of Moffitt's (1993) prediction on the stability of longitudinal antisocial behavior, using data from the South-Holland Study. Aggressive (overt) and non-aggressive antisocial (covert) behaviors were measured when subjects were 6–11 years old, and at follow-ups when they were 12–17 years old and 20–25 years old. In accordance with the postulate, we did find a higher level of stability of overt behavior from childhood to adulthood, compared with childhood to adolescence, especially in combination with early manifestations of status violations and/or covert behavior in childhood. Results related to the stability of covert behavior were not in accordance with the prediction, but did support the recently proposed adjustment to the starting age of the adult phase.