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Title: Neuropsychological Tests Predicting Persistent Male Delinquency
Journal: Criminology  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:277-300
Author(s): T E Moffitt; D R Lynam; P A Silva
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: MH-45070; MH-45548
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Several hundred New Zealand 13-year-old boys were administered a battery of neuropsychological assessment tests and completed self-reported delinquency reports; police, court, and self reports were used to update delinquency status when the subjects turned 18. Data were used to predict male delinquency.
Abstract: The results showed that the boys who scored lowest on the neuropsychological tests at age 13 were the most delinquent young men 5 years later. The findings suggest that poor verbal ability is the "active ingredient" for delinquency in the overall IQ. The two factors tapping verbal skills and verbal memory abilities are most robustly related to delinquent outcomes among this sample. These findings were predicted by a new theory of two developmental trajectories of delinquent behavior. The first is adolescence-limited delinquency, while the second is life-course-persistent antisocial behavior. 2 tables, 1 figure, 7 notes, and 47 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Biological influences; Criminology; Juvenile delinquency prediction; New Zealand; Statistics
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