Early predictors of adolescent aggression and adult violence

Violence Vict. Summer 1989;4(2):79-100.


The Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development is a prospective longitudinal survey of 411 London males from ages 8 years old to 32 years old. This article investigates the prediction of adolescent aggression (ages 12-14 years old), teenage violence (ages 16-18 years old), adult violence (age 32 years old), and convictions for violence. Generally, the best predictors were measures of economic deprivation, family criminality, poor child-rearing, school failure, hyperactivity-impulsivity-attention deficit, and antisocial child behavior. Similar predictors applied to all four measures of aggression and violence. It is concluded that aggression and violence are elements of a more general antisocial tendency, and that the predictors of aggression and violence are similar to the predictors of antisocial and criminal behavior in general.

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aggression / psychology*
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Intelligence
  • Juvenile Delinquency / psychology*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Personality Development*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Adjustment
  • Social Environment
  • Violence*