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17 May 2019

Sequences of maladaptation: Preadolescent self-regulation, adolescent negative social interactions, and young adult psychopathology

This study used data from the Dutch Tracking Adolescents’ Individual Lives Survey to test whether adolescent negative social interactions mediate the relation between early adolescent self-regulatory capacities and young adult psychopathology, using a fully prospective mediation model. Adolescents’ frustration and effortful control but not their response inhibition assessed at age 11 were related to both internalising and externalising problems at age 22, after controlling for psychopathology at age 11, sex, and socioeconomic status. These associations were partly mediated by the adolescents' negative social interactions.