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Factors Influencing Children’s Behavioral Problems: Results from a Longitudinal Study of British Children from Birth to Seven Years

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Department of Psychology, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
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BI: Norwegian Business School, Nydalsveien 37, 0484 Oslo, Norway
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Academic Editor: Ana Adan
Received: 7 April 2021 / Revised: 1 June 2021 / Accepted: 2 June 2021 / Published: 7 June 2021
This study explored a longitudinal data set of over 10,663 children at age 7 years to examine various psychological and sociological factors that possibly influenced their behavioural problems. Data were collected when cohort members were born, then 9 months old, and later at later at ages 3 and 7 years. Structural equation modelling showed that the family income, maternal psychological distress, the parent-child relationship, and maternal personality traits all had direct significant effects on children’s behavioural problems, accounting for 42 percent of the total variance. The strongest predictor was parent-child relationship, followed by maternal emotional stability (low neuroticism) and the family poverty indicator. View Full-Text
Keywords: children’s behavioural problems; family income; maternal depression; parent-child relationship; maternal personality traits; cross-sectional and longitudinal children’s behavioural problems; family income; maternal depression; parent-child relationship; maternal personality traits; cross-sectional and longitudinal
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Cheng, H.; Furnham, A. Factors Influencing Children’s Behavioral Problems: Results from a Longitudinal Study of British Children from Birth to Seven Years. Psychiatry Int. 2021, 2, 224-232. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/psychiatryint2020017

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Cheng H, Furnham A. Factors Influencing Children’s Behavioral Problems: Results from a Longitudinal Study of British Children from Birth to Seven Years. Psychiatry International. 2021; 2(2):224-232. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/psychiatryint2020017

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Cheng, Helen, and Adrian Furnham. 2021. "Factors Influencing Children’s Behavioral Problems: Results from a Longitudinal Study of British Children from Birth to Seven Years" Psychiatry International 2, no. 2: 224-232. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/psychiatryint2020017

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