Anti-Social & Other Problem Behaviours Among Young Children

There is a considerable body of existing research which examines the characteristics that are associated with young people’s involvement in anti-social and other problem behaviours. These characteristics are often referred to as ‘risk factors’. There is a corresponding and growing body of research which provides evidence of characteristics which can counteract these risk factors; these are commonly referred to as ‘protective’ or ‘resilience’ factors. The two chapters in this volume present the findings of two studies carried out on a sample from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), a prospective birth cohort study, at two key ages – 8½ and 10½ years.