|Predicting School-Age Behavior Problems: The Role of Early Childhood Risk Factors
Sister Callista Roy
To examine the impact of early childhood risk factors on school-age
child behavior. Identifying the relationships of risk factors in early
childhood contributing to behavior problems in school age-children can
effectively target interventions during pediatric primary care
Methods. An 8-year longitudinal,
retrospective secondary analysis using a sample of children (N = 721)
from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79).
A logistic regression model prediction was significant (R2 = 0.62, p
< .001) though modest with overall behavior problems predicted at
62.5% with sensitivity problems. Adjusted odds ratios indicate a young
boy with a difficult temperament was two times more likely to have
behavior problems at school age. The same boy with a less able mother
was eight times more likely to have problem behavior at school age.
Implications for practice.
There are significant risk factors in early childhood that predict
school-age behavior problems even in a non-clinical sample. All
families deserve ongoing behavioral screening and assessment.