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Risk factors for problematic behaviour

Risk factors for problematic behaviour

The UNDERISK research trajectory is closely linked to the study of risk factors for antisocial behaviour and delinquency. To this end, several research projects and studies were aimed at evaluating those factors which might influence the appearance and maintenance of these behavioural typologies, mainly from a longitudinal methodology. The most relevant risk factors include those related to parenting practices, temperamental and personality characteristics, or different psychosocial factors associated with the school environment or association with the peer group.

Main objective

To determine the risk factors more strongly related to the appearance and/or maintenance of problematic or antisocial behaviours.

Specific objectives

  • Evaluate psychosocial development trajectories from childhood to adolescence and emerging adulthood.
  • Analyse the influence of specific risk factors such as parenting, temperamental and personality traits or association with antisocial peers on the development of problematic behaviours.
  • Delve into the influence of parenting on personality development.
  • Evaluate the mediation effects of antisocial peers on the relationship between parenting and adolescent antisocial behaviour.
  • Delve into de study of age and gender differences.

Sample of study

Several longitudinal studies were carried out, some of them still in progress, in order to evaluate developmental trajectories and risk factors associated with problem behaviours. To this end, different community samples were selected, mostly from the Autonomous Community of Galicia (NW Spain).