Evidence of negligible parenting influences on self-control, delinquent peers, and delinquency in a sample of twins

John Wright, Kevin Beaver, Matt Delisi, Michael Vaughn

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Abstract

Behavioral genetic findings continue to call into question the dominant role of parental influence. Utilizing a sample of twins from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), we assess the association between parenting behaviors and child self-control, delinquent peer formation, and delinquency. Our results indicate that genetic influences and non-shared environmental influences account for variation in these outcomes. We discuss these findings as they relate to theorizing about the role and function of parenting in the etiology of unique traits and behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-569
Number of pages26
JournalJustice Quarterly
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Sep

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research uses data from Add Health, a program project designed by J. Richard Udry, Peter S. Bearman, and Kathleen Mullan Harris, and funded by a grant P01-HD31921 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, with cooperative funding from 17 other agencies. Special acknowledgment is due Ronald R. Rindfuss and Barbara Entwisle for assistance in the original design. Persons interested in obtaining data files from Add Health should contact Add Health, Carolina Population Center, 123 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2524, USA (addhealth@unc.edu).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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