Attitudes towards violence, impulsivity, parental styles, and externalizing behavior in adolescents: A comparison of a general population sample and a clinical sample.

  • José Antonio Jiménez-Barbero University of Murcia
  • José Antonio Ruiz-Hernández University of Murcia
  • Antonio Pablo Velandrino-Nicolás University of Murcia
  • Laura Llor-Zaragoza University of Murcia
Keywords: Behavior disorders, externalization, impulsivity, parental styles, attitudes.


Externalizing Behavior Disorders are one of the most common mental health problems among adolescents, and they have a severe impact on family, school, and social settings. The purpose of this study was to compare adolescents from the general population without an externalizing behavior diagnosis with adolescents from a clinical sample in a series of variables identified as predictors of externalizing behavior. The study included adolescents aged between 12-15 years from the Region of Murcia. A cross-sectional, descriptive, analytical design was used with a sample of 327 adolescents, who were distributed as follows: (a) Clinical Group, made up of 59 participants, and (b) General Group, made up of 268 adolescents.

The results of this study indicate that externalizing behavior is mainly related to Impulsivity, although modulated by factors related to the adolescent's family and cultural socialization. The adolescents of the clinical sample described the parental styles they received as more authoritarian and less inductive than those of the adolescents from the general population.



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Author Biographies

José Antonio Jiménez-Barbero, University of Murcia
Research Group of Social Psychology. Researcher associated
José Antonio Ruiz-Hernández, University of Murcia
Faculty of Psychology. Department of Social Psychology. Professor
Antonio Pablo Velandrino-Nicolás, University of Murcia
Faculty of Psychology. Department of Methodology of Behavioral Sciences. Professor.
Laura Llor-Zaragoza, University of Murcia
Faculty of Education. Profesor.


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How to Cite
Jiménez-Barbero, J. A., Ruiz-Hernández, J. A., Velandrino-Nicolás, A. P., & Llor-Zaragoza, L. (2015). Attitudes towards violence, impulsivity, parental styles, and externalizing behavior in adolescents: A comparison of a general population sample and a clinical sample. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 32(1), 132-138.
Developmental and Educational Psychology