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ERIC Number: EJ883063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 96
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4278
The Intergenerational Transmission of Low Self-Control
Boutwell, Brian B.; Beaver, Kevin M.
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, v47 n2 p174-209 2010
There is a vast line of literature showing that antisocial behaviors and personality traits are transmitted across generational lines. Given the ascendancy of Gottfredson and Hirschi's general theory of crime, it is somewhat surprising that no research has examined whether levels of self-control are passed from parent to child. The authors examine this possibility by analyzing data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. The results of the analysis revealed that maternal levels of self-control and paternal levels of self-control were predictive of the child's levels of self-control. Supplemental analysis revealed that these effects were not mediated by key criminogenic risk factors. Moreover, there was also evidence indicating that people mate assortatively on a range of antisocial characteristics, including low self-control. Implications of the study are noted and discussed. (Contains 6 tables, 1 figure, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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