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NCJ Number: 219928 Find in a Library
Title: Examining the Origins and Influence of Low Self-Control
Journal: Journal of Crime and Justice  Volume:30  Issue:1  Dated:2007  Pages:35-62
Author(s): Lisa M. McCartan; Elaine Gunnison
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 28
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the theory of low self-control according to Gottfredson and Hirschi’s Theory of Crime (GTC) along with Moffitt’s Interactional Theory of Offending.
Abstract: The study findings show that prenatal injury along with poor rearing environments are indicators of low self-control which can be a factor of delinquent behavior and the authors suggest that future research is needed to examine the possible situational nature of low self-control during adolescence. According to the GTC, ineffective parenting results in low self-control. Moffitt’s Interactional Theory of Offending suggests that low self-control is related to delinquent and criminal behavior in the form of poor behavioral regulation and argues that prenatal injury is the underlying cause of low self-control. In 1979, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth gathered information on the life experiences of a group of men and women between the ages of 14 and 21. In 1986, the survey was expanded to gather information on the offspring of the female respondents. The data was gathered biannually beginning in 1986 with the latest dataset available for 1998. The study sample was restricted to children between the ages of 6 and 10 in 1988 and 1990, which allowed for consistency with the GTC. Dependent variables along with independent and control variables are discussed. Tables, notes, references, and appendixes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Individual behavior; Juvenile Delinquent behavior; Problem behavior
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