CitationYun, Ilhong; Cheong, Jinseong; & Walsh, Anthony (2011). Genetic and environmental influences in delinquent peer affiliation: From the peer network approach. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. vol. 9 (3) pp. 241-258
AbstractMainstream criminologists have long maintained that delinquent peer group formation is largely a function of family—environmental variables and have ignored self-selection into peer groups because of genetic proclivities. A small number of recent studies, however, suggest that genes are implicated in delinquent peer affiliation. Given the potentially far-reaching implication of such research findings, the authors replicate Beaver, Wright, and DeLisi’s (2008) study, among others, using a direct measure of peer delinquency. That is, the authors analyze the Add Health genetic data employing a measure of peer delinquency which is based on the delinquency counts reported by peers themselves rather than respondents’ self-reports. Even employing this alternative measure, their results clearly support the original study, providing further evidence of genetic underpinnings of delinquent peer group formation.
Keyword(s)Genetic Crime & delinquency
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice