Professor Richard Rowe - "Causes and outcomes of antisocial behaviour in young people"

Wednesday 3rd May, 5.30pm


Antisocial behaviour in young people has associations with a wide range of negative outcomes for both victims and perpetrators across the short and long term. Antisocial behaviour may take many different forms including temper tantrums, fighting, stealing and lying. A key research challenge is to identify meaningful underlying subtypes. This lecture discusses work addressing the clinical criteria for the diagnosis of disruptive behavioural disorders, including the definition of Oppositional Defiant Disorder and the role of callousness in the formulation of Conduct Disorder. Understanding the underlying causes of these disorders is crucial so that they can be targeted by intervention. This lecture discusses genetic and environmental risk factors including family social status. We also need to identify the outcomes of different forms of antisocial behaviour so the most serious forms can be prioritised for intervention. Social functioning and physical health outcomes of antisocial behaviour are addressed here with a focus on road traffic crash involvement.

Professor of Psychology, Richard Rowe joined the Department of Psychology in January 2006.