A general biosocial paradigm of antisocial behavior: A preliminary test in a sample of adolescents

Michael G. Vaughn, Kevin M. Beaver, Matt DeLisi

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Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), the current study delineates and tests a general biosocial liability theoretical model of antisocial behavior. Along with measures of genetic polymorphisms, neurocognitive skills, self-control, and environmental pathogens, a recursive path-modeling strategy was used to empirically examine the relations between these biosocial measures and forms of antisocial behavior in a subsample of 1,136 adolescent males. Results supported the main predictions of the biosocial liability model, finding significant path coefficients across key constructs. Findings are discussed in light of current theories of antisocial behavior, future studies, and implications for prevention and intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-298
Number of pages20
JournalYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Law

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