The relationship between self-control and language: Evidence of a shared etiological pathway

Kevin M. Beaver, Matt Delisi, Michael George Vaughn, John Paul Wright, Brian B. Boutwell

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Abstract

Converging lines of research suggest that self-control and language may be inextricably linked. No empirical research has ever examined this proposition, however. We address this gap in the literature by analyzing a sample of twin pairs from a nationally representative data set of children. The results revealed three broad findings. First, diminished language skills were predictive of low self-control both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. Second, the covariation between language and self-control was linked to both genetic and environmental factors. Third, after controlling for genetic influences on self-control, language skills were predictive of variation in individual levels of self-control. The theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-970
Number of pages32
JournalCriminology
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Nov 1

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Beaver, Kevin M. ; Delisi, Matt ; Vaughn, Michael George ; Wright, John Paul ; Boutwell, Brian B. / The relationship between self-control and language : Evidence of a shared etiological pathway. In: Criminology. 2008 ; Vol. 46, No. 4. pp. 939-970.
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In: Criminology, Vol. 46, No. 4, 01.11.2008, p. 939-970.

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