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ERIC Number: EJ943073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Stability of Delinquent Peer Associations: A Biosocial Test of Warr's Sticky-Friends Hypothesis
Beaver, Kevin M.; Gibson, Chris L.; Turner, Michael G.; DeLisi, Matt; Vaughn, Michael G.; Holand, Ashleigh
Crime & Delinquency, v57 n6 p907-927 Nov 2011
The study of delinquent peers has remained at the forefront of much criminological research and theorizing. One issue of particular importance involves the factors related to why people associate with and maintain a sustained involvement with delinquent peers. Although efforts have been made to address these questions, relatively little attempt has been made to understand these relationships from a biosocial perspective. This gap in the literature is addressed in an analysis of twins from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The results of the univariate behavioral genetic models reveal that genetic factors account for between 58% and 74% of the variance in the association with delinquent peers, with the remaining variance attributable to environmental factors. Bivariate Cholesky decomposition models reveal that genetic factors account for 58% of the variance in the stability in delinquent peers. The shared environment explains 34% of the variance in stability, and the remaining 8% is attributable to the nonshared environment. The importance of a biosocial approach in criminological research is discussed. (Contains 4 figures, 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health