Social Information Processing and Cardiac Predictors of Antisocial Behavior in a Community Sample of Adolescents

Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol. 117, No. 2, pp. 253-267, 2008

15 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009

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Joseph C. Crozier

Duke University

Kenneth Dodge

Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy

Reid Griffith Fontaine

Duke University

Jennifer E. Lansford

Duke University

John E. Bates

Indiana University

Gregory S. Pettit

Auburn University

Robert W. Levinson

University of California, Berkeley

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

The relations among social information processing (SIP), cardiac activity, and antisocial behavior were investigated in adolescents over a 3-year period (from ages 16 to 18) in a community sample of 585 (48% female, 17% African American) participants. Antisocial behavior was assessed in all 3 years. Cardiac and SIP measures were collected between the first and second behavioral assessments. Cardiac measures assessed resting heart rate (RHR) and heart rate reactivity (HRR) as participants imagined themselves being victimized in hypothetical provocation situations portrayed via video vignettes. The findings were moderated by gender and supported a multiprocess model in which antisocial behavior is a function of trait-like low RHR (for male individuals only) and deviant SIP. In addition, deviant SIP mediated the effects of elevated HRR reactivity and elevated RHR on antisocial behavior (for male and female participants).

Keywords: antisocial behavior, heart rate, social information processing, adolescents

Suggested Citation

Crozier, Joseph C. and Dodge, Kenneth and Fontaine, Reid Griffith and Lansford, Jennifer E. and Bates, John E. and Pettit, Gregory S. and Levinson, Robert W., Social Information Processing and Cardiac Predictors of Antisocial Behavior in a Community Sample of Adolescents (2008). Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol. 117, No. 2, pp. 253-267, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1448775

Joseph C. Crozier

Duke University ( email )

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Kenneth Dodge

Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy ( email )

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Reid Griffith Fontaine (Contact Author)

Duke University ( email )

United States

Jennifer E. Lansford

Duke University ( email )

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Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

John E. Bates

Indiana University

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United States

Gregory S. Pettit

Auburn University

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Auburn, AL 36849
United States

Robert W. Levinson

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

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Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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