The etiology of criminal onset: The enduring salience of nature and nurture

Matt DeLisi, Kevin M. Beaver, John Paul Wright, Michael George Vaughn

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Abstract

Based on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), the current study was the first to use measures of genetic polymorphisms (DRD2 and DRD4) to empirically examine the onset of crime. Net of the effects of race, age, gender, and low self-control, genetic polymorphisms explained variation in police contacts and arrest, but only among youths in low risk family environments. Moreover, youths with genetic risk factors experienced a later onset than youths without these risk factors. Borrowing from the behavioral and molecular genetics literatures, various interpretations of the findings are discussed as well as a call for increasingly interdisciplinary perspectives in criminology that encompass both sociological and biosocial frameworks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-223
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jul 1

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etiology
National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health
Genetic Polymorphisms
Criminology
Behavioral Genetics
interpretation of literature
Police
Crime
Molecular Biology
self-control
criminology
health
longitudinal study
police
offense
contact
adolescent
gender

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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DeLisi, Matt ; Beaver, Kevin M. ; Wright, John Paul ; Vaughn, Michael George. / The etiology of criminal onset : The enduring salience of nature and nurture. In: Journal of Criminal Justice. 2008 ; Vol. 36, No. 3. pp. 217-223.
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In: Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 36, No. 3, 01.07.2008, p. 217-223.

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