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Aggression and the development of delinquent behaviour in children

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 207

William Bor, Jake M Najman, Michael O'Callaghan, Gail M Williams and Kaarin Anstey
ISBN 0 642 24232 1 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 2001

Abstract

This study is based on a large longitudinal study of Queensland children. Evidence from maternal reports shows that the best predictor of aggression and delinquency outcomes at age 14 is aggression at age five. These findings suggest that effective early intervention programs can be among the most productive crime prevention strategies.