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Unformatted text preview: Feb. 28, 2008 Causes of Conduct Problems Genetic Influences Biologically based traits like difficult early temperament or HI may predispose certain children Adoption/twin studies support genetic contribution, especially for overt behaviors Different pathways reflect the interaction genetic and environmental risk and protective factors Neurobiological factors Overactive behavioral activation system (BAS) and underactive behavioral inhibition system (BIS) Those with early-onset show psychophyisiological and or cortical arousal and autonomic reactivity Higher rates of neurodevelopmental risk factors Social-cognitive Factors Egocentrism and lack of perspective taking Cognitive defeiencies (overall IQ is lower, but still average) Verbal deficits Cognitive distortions (hostile attributions) Crick and Dodge model Family Factors Parenting styles Physical abuse Marital conflict Reciprocal influence a childs behavior is both influenced by and influences the behavior of others...
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- Spring '08