ERIC Number: EJ956700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
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The Covariation of Antisocial Behavior and Substance Use in Adolescence: A Behavioral Genetic Perspective
McAdams, Tom; Rowe, Richard; Rijsdijk, Fruhling; Maughan, Barbara; Eley, Thalia C.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v22 n1 p100-112 Mar 2012
Multivariate genetic studies have revealed genetic correlations between antisocial behavior (ASB) and substance use (SU). However, ASB is heterogeneous, and it remains unclear whether all forms are similarly related to SU. The present study examines links between cannabis use, alcohol consumption, and aggressive and delinquent forms of ASB using a behavioral genetic approach. Participants were 1,688 adolescents (482 monozygotic twins, 852 dizygotic twins, and 354 nontwin siblings) aged 15-23 years old (M = 16.91), sampled from the community in the U.K. Multivariate model fitting revealed that the genetic components of alcohol consumption and cannabis use correlated with those of both aggression (0.21 and 0.49, respectively) and delinquency (0.35 and 0.69, respectively). Results suggest that both aggression and delinquency have genetic effects in common with alcohol consumption and cannabis use.
Descriptors: Twins, Delinquency, Antisocial Behavior, Marijuana, Drinking, Genetics, Substance Abuse, Correlation, Aggression, Foreign Countries, Multivariate Analysis
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom