Types of Changes in Overt Aggression and Their Predictors in Early Adolescents : Growth Mixture Modeling

초기 청소년의 외현적 공격성 변화유형과 예측요인 : 성장혼합모형의 적용

  • 서미정 (부산대학교 노인생활환경연구소) ;
  • 김경연 (부산대학교 아동가족학과)
  • Received : 2010.02.09
  • Accepted : 2010.05.25
  • Published : 2010.06.30


Growth mixture modeling was used to identify types of changes in overt aggression from Grades 4 to 7 among a sample from the Korean Youth Panel Survey. Three discrete patterns were found to adequately explain changes of overt aggression in both boys and girls : Persistent intermediate aggression; Increasing aggression; and Decreasing aggression. Most boys (93%) fell into the Persistent intermediate aggression group and 49% of girls were found to fall into the Increasing aggression group. This suggests that prevention programs should recognize that girls are at risk of increasing aggression in their early adolescence. Multinomial logistic regression analysis shows that self-control, child abuse, peer support, and involvement with deviant peers at Grades 4 were all strongly associated with trajectory class membership. These associations did not differ by gender. These findings suggest that prevention programs should focus on the multiple risk factors of both boys and girls.


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