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ERIC Number: EJ812347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 18
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-1325
Delinquent Peer Group Formation: Evidence of a Gene X Environment Correlation
Beaver, Kevin M.; Wright, John Paul; DeLisi, Matt
Journal of Genetic Psychology, v169 n3 p227-244 Sep 2008
Emerging evidence suggests that variants of specific genes may influence some youths to seek out or associate with antisocial peers. Using genotypic data (N = 1,816) from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (J. R. Udry, 1998, 2003), the authors tested this possibility. They found that the 10R allele of the dopamine transporter (DAT1) gene was associated with self-reported delinquent peer affiliation for male adolescents from high-risk environments ([beta] range = 0.13-0.14) despite controlling for delinquent involvement, self-control, and drug and alcohol use. The authors discuss the importance of using a biosocial framework to examine issues related to adolescent development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health