Co-occurrence of depression and delinquency in personality types

J. Akse*, W.W. Hale, R.C.M.E. Engels, Q.A.W. Raaijmakers, W.H.J. Meeus

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Although the co-occurrence between adolescent depression and delinquency has been well-studied, the nature of the longitudinal associations is not yet clear. To clarify this we examined whether personality type is a moderator in the longitudinal co-occurrence of depression and delinquency. A total of 338 young and middle adolescents completed questionnaires about depression, delinquency and personality in 3 yearly waves of the conflict and management of relationships (conamore). We found that the stable overcontrollers showed the highest mean level on depression and that the stable undercontrollers showed the highest mean level on delinquency. Furthermore, we demonstrated that the longitudinal co-occurrence between depression and delinquency was best described by means of a stability model, in which personality type membership proved to be an important moderator. The three personality types differed significantly on the rank-order stability of both depression and delinquency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-256
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007

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