The role of verbal intelligence in becoming a successful criminal: Results from a longitudinal sample

Citation

Boccio, Cashen M.; Beaver, Kevin M.; & Schwartz, Joseph A. (2018). The role of verbal intelligence in becoming a successful criminal: Results from a longitudinal sample. Intelligence. vol. 66 pp. 24-31

Abstract

Intelligence has been linked with success across a wide array of life domains. To date, however, relatively little research has examined whether intelligence may predict criminal success—that is, engaging in criminal behaviors, but escaping detection and arrest. The current study addresses this gap in the literature by examining the associations among verbal intelligence, criminal involvement, and criminal justice processing (i.e., arrest) using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health). Our findings reveal that verbal intelligence is associated with criminal justice processing, wherein individuals with higher verbal intelligence scores are more likely to avoid arrest for criminal behavior when compared with individuals with comparatively lower verbal intelligence scores. We discuss the implications of these findings for future research.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intell.2017.10.003

Keyword(s)

Arrest Criminal behavior Intelligence

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Intelligence

Author(s)

Boccio, Cashen M.
Beaver, Kevin M.
Schwartz, Joseph A.

Year Published

2018

Volume Number

66

Pages

24-31

Edition

November 20, 2017

DOI

10.1016/j.intell.2017.10.003

Reference ID

8277