Outgrowing Bad Behavior: Some Do and Some Don’t
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When are kids just being kids, and when are they headed for trouble? New research is using more high-tech tools and some simple questions to help parents understand which category their child fits into.
University of Michigan psychologist, Dr. Luke Hyde and his colleagues have been exploring the roles environment and biology play as they shape behavior over time.1
This new field of study is called neurogenetics, and it combines genetics, neuroscience, and psychology to learn how genes and neural processes interact with harsh environments.1
Genes, experience, and the brain work together to either heighten or reduce the risk of normal childhood transgression developing into conduct disorders in adolescence and early adulthood.1
Currently, according to Hyde, the average lifetime prevalence of conduct disorder is 10 percent, and it is even higher in males and low-income populations.1 These troubling behaviors are often chronic, lasting through adulthood.1