Adolescent Type A Characteristics and Socially Problematic Behaviors

Alan Reifman, Michael Windle

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Researchers have increasingly advocated social and developmental psychology perspectives to studying Type A behavior to increase understanding of how it emerges and of how Type A individuals’ entry into different naturalistic social situations may exacerbate their stress reactions. As an initial step in these directions, we tested structural equation models relating components of Type A behavior in adolescents to childhood and adolescent socially problematic behaviors. Results from two high‐school district cohorts (Ns = approximately 300 and 700) showed that impatience, hostility, and leadership all were related to childhood problems, but that only impatience predicted an adolescent problem (conflict with friends).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-39
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1993


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