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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2021, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (6): 1042-1055.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2021.01042

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The influence of maturity on adolescents' antisocial behavior

LIN Shuang, LIU Wen(), WANG Weiwei, ZHANG Xue   

  1. College of Psychology, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, 116029, China
  • Received:2020-07-06 Online:2021-06-15 Published:2021-04-25
  • Contact: LIU Wen


Moffitt's developmental taxonomy theory categorized antisocial behaviors (AB) into two types, namely the life-course persistent and adolescence limited (AL). Adolescent antisocial behaviors, usually develop in the early puberty and end in late adolescence or early adulthood, occur more in youth group than LCP-AB. Maturity, in aspects of physical or psychological maturity, impacts the emergence, development and cessation of adolescent antisocial behavior. Physical maturity develops and strengthens AL-AB. Psychological maturity slows down and weakens AL-AB. The interaction between physical maturity and psychological maturity might strengthen or weaken AL-AB. The maturity gap between physical maturity and psychological maturity inhibits AL-AB. Further efforts are needed to expand different types of maturity research, improve the calculation methods of maturity, and investigate the intervention based on adolescent maturity characteristics.

Key words: maturity, adolescent antisocial behavior, physical maturity, psychological maturity, maturity gap

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