Adolescents at Risk of Persistent
Antisocial Behavior & Alcohol Problems
The Role of Behavior, Personality & Biological Factors

By Jenny M. Eklund
Health Equity Studies, No. 7
April 2006
Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN: 9171551735
141 pages, 6 ¼” x 9 ½”
$75.00 Paper Original


This is a Ph.D. dissertation. Antisocial behavior and alcohol problems are areas of great concern to society, not only associated with personal and emotional costs for the affected individuals and their victims, but also with major societal financial costs. What makes some individuals more likely than others to develop these kinds of problems? The general aim of this thesis was to explore the role of individual characteristics in the development of antisocial behavior and alcohol problems.

More specifically, the research focused on aspects of hyperactive behavior, personality traits and biological vulnerability indicators in relation to self-reported norm breaking and violent behavior, registered general criminality and violent offending in particular, and further, on risky alcohol use and drinking offences. The studies were based on both a prospective longitudinal project in which a group of adolescent male lawbreakers and controls were followed from the 1960s into the 1990s, and on more recently collected data on a representative group of Swedish male and female adolescents.


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