The Predictive Importance of Selected Protective Factors against Different Types of Antisocial Behavior Manifested by Adolescent Boys and Girls

  • Ivana Václavíková Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Trnava, Slovak Republic https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6567-9371
  • Lenka Selecká Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Trnava, Slovak Republic
  • Slávka Démuthová Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Trnava, Slovak Republic https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1879-6871
  • Marek Blatný Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9831-0637
  • Michal Hrdlička Department of Paediatric Psychiatry, 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague and Motol University Hospital, Czech Republic
Keywords: antisocial behavior, protective factors, adolescence

Abstract

The study aims to identify protective factors against the antisocial behavior of adolescents. Data from the SAHA project (The Social and Health Assessment), obtained from the 16-year-old juvenile cohort, were used to analyze the antisocial behavior of adolescent boys (N = 733) and girls (N = 1110). Subsequently, levels of the predictive importance of the protective factors of the family environment, school environment, fulfilled leisure time and individual factors were tested through multinomial regression analysis in the groups of boys and girls. Slightly different paths to the absence of antisocial behavior were identified for adolescent boys and girls. Key predictors for adolescent boys with non-problem behavior are prosocial beliefs, prosocial behavior, leisure time, expectations of goal attainment, parental involvement, and teacher support. For adolescent girls, positive school environment, feelings of safety at school, parental warmth, parental supervision, prosocial beliefs, optimistic beliefs, and leisure time contribute to non-problematic behavior.

Published
2020-06-24