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Title: Personality Traits Are Linked to Crime Among Men and Women: Evidence From a Birth Cohort
Journal: Journal of Abnormal Psychology  Volume:103  Issue:2  Dated:(1994)  Pages:328-338
Author(s): R F Krueger; P S Schmutte; A Caspi; T E Moffitt; C Campbell; P A Silva
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Gang Intelligence Strategy Committee

National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20857
William T. Grant Foundation
New York, NY 10022
Grant Number: MH-49414; MH-45070; MH-45548
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To investigate possible links between personality traits and criminal behavior, a birth cohort of 862 18-year-old males and females completed the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire and a self-report survey on delinquency. Delinquency was also assessed via official records and informant reports.
Abstract: The results showed that the personality correlates of delinquency were robust across the three independent data sources. Greater delinquent participation was associated with aggression, alienation, greater stress reactivity, less traditionalism, and less self-control for both genders. At the higher order factor level, delinquency was correlated with negative emotionality and lack of restraint. Person-centered analyses, which aimed to describe individuals whose nonnormative delinquent behavior distinguished them from the majority of their peers, identified two subtypes, i.e., those who abstained from criminal activity and those who were extensively involved in a wide variety of criminal activity. 3 tables, 2 figures, 5 notes, and 55 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile personality characteristics
Index Term(s): Behavior; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile Delinquent behavior
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