The Dysregulation Profile (DP) is a broad indicator of concurrent affective, behavioral, and cognitive dysregulation, often measured with the anxious/depressed, aggressive behavior, and attention problems syndrome scales of the Child Behavior Checklist. Despite an expanding body of research on theDP,knowledge of the normative developmental course of the DP from early childhood to adolescence is lacking. Furthermore, although we know that the DPlongitudinally predicts personality pathology, no research yet has examined whether next to the DP in early childhood, the rate of change of the DP acrossdevelopment predicts personality pathology. Therefore, using cohort-sequential latent growth modeling in a population-based sample (N¼668), we examinedthe normative developmental course of mother-reported DP from ages 4 to 17 years and its associations with a wide range of adolescent-reported personalitypathology dimensions 3 years later. The results showed that the DP follows a nonlinear developmental course with a peak in early adolescence. The initial levelof the DP at age 4 and, to a lesser extent, the rate of change in the DP predicted a range of personality pathology dimensions in late adolescence. The findingssuggest that the DP is a broad developmental precursor of personality pathology in late adolescence.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954579417000955, hdl.handle.net/1765/100683
Journal Development and Psychopathology
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Deutz, M.H.F, Vossen, H.G.M, de Haan, A.D, Deković, M, Van Baar, A.L, & Prinzie, P.J. (2017). Normative development of the Child Behavior Checklist Dysregulation Profile from early childhood to adolescence: Associations with personality pathology. Development and Psychopathology, 30, 437–447. doi:10.1017/S0954579417000955