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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
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PACHECO, Janaína et al. Stability of antisocial behavior on the infancy-adolescence transition: a developmental perspective. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2005, vol.18, n.1, pp. 55-61. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722005000100008.
The term antisocial is widely used in the literature to describe non-specific behavior problems such as delinquent behavior, aggressiveness, and oppositionist behavior. The aim of the present study was to describe and to discuss the concept of antisocial behavior as an indicator of specific mental disorders such as Attention-deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Antisocial Personality Disorder. Also, we discuss the factors that contribute to the stability of such behaviors in the transition from childhood to adolescence and the losses incurred throughout development. A recommendation is made to broaden conceptual discussions about mental disorders using wider categories such as antisocial behavior.
Keywords : Antisocial behavior; mental disorders; infancy; adolescence.