By age 16, the effect of early puberty on physical aggression disappeared, but these girls still reported more delinquent behavior than those who did not experience early puberty. “Delinquency and aggression put adolescents at risk for many negative outcomes in the future, including lower educational achievement, substance abuse, depression and problems in relationships,” explained the study’s lead author Sylvie Mrug, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB Department of Psychology. “Thus it is important to understand how these problem behaviors develop and how pubertal timing and friends’ behavior — among other variables — contribute to them.”
Pollio is a senior scientist for the Center for AIDS Research in the UAB School of Medicine. He also serves on the editorial boards for Research on Social Work Practice and Social Work with Groups. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctorate in psychology and social work from the University of Michigan.
Austad is a leader in aging studies; beginning Jan. 1, 2014, he will serve as the scientific director for the American Federation for Aging Research. He also serves on the initial review board for aging grants for the Ellison Medical Foundation, on the external advisory committee at the Mayo Clinic Kogod Center on Aging and the public policy committee for the Gerontological Society of America. He received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of California, Los Angeles; a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Northridge; and a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Purdue University. Austad also writes “On Aging,” a biweekly column for the San Antonio Express-News.
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