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Romantic relationships and delinquent behaviour in adolescence: the moderating role of delinquency propensity
Center for Developmental Research, Department of Behavioral, Social, and Legal Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden; Ctr Hlth Equ Studies, Stockholm Univ/Karolinska Inst, Stockholm, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7546-2275
2010 (English)In: Journal of Adolescence, ISSN 0140-1971, E-ISSN 1095-9254, Vol. 33, no 3, p. 377-386Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is some evidence that adolescent romantic involvement is associated with delinquent behaviour. One aim of this longitudinal study was to determine whether this holds for romantic relationships deemed important by the participants. A second aim was to test whether this association was stronger for adolescents with pre-existing delinquent behaviour and personality traits of impulsivity and thrill seeking (delinquency propensity). Sex differences also were examined. Participants were 686 7th and 8th grade students who completed three assessments over three years. The results showed that delinquency was associated with earlier romantic relationships among those who were higher in delinquency propensity one year earlier. This association was stronger among girls than boys. Thus, romantic relationships amplified girls' and boys' existing delinquency propensity, but this was strongest among girls. (C) 2009 The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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2010. Vol. 33, no 3, p. 377-386
Keywords [en]
Romantic relationships, Delinquency, Impulsivity, Thrill seeking
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12937DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2009.09.002ISI: 000278647100004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-12937DiVA, id: diva2:383201
Available from: 2011-01-04 Created: 2011-01-03 Last updated: 2018-04-23Bibliographically approved

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