The role of chronic peer difficulties in the development of children's psychological adjustment problems.

  title={The role of chronic peer difficulties in the development of children's psychological adjustment problems.},
  author={Gary W Ladd and Wendy Troop-Gordon},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={74 5},
A longitudinal investigation was conducted to explicate how the confluence of early behavioral dispositions, relational histories, and cognitive representations of the self and others contributes to internalizing problems, externalizing problems, and loneliness. One-hundred and ninety three girls, and 206 boys were assessed annually from age 5 (kindergarten) to age 10 (Grade 4). Early aggressive behavior was related to Grade 4 maladjustment directly and indirectly through subsequent relational… 

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