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Author: Gunnison, Elaine
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1. McCartan, Lisa Marie
Gunnison, Elaine
Examining the Origins and Influence of Low Self-Control
Journal of Crime and Justice 30,1 (2007): 35-62
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79
Publisher: Society of Police and Criminal Psychology
Keyword(s): Behavior, Antisocial; Crime; Delinquency/Gang Activity; Self-Regulation/Self-Control

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According to Gottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory of Crime, ineffective parenting results in low self-control. Low self-control is the critical factor in the occurrence of delinquent behavior. Moffitt's Interactional Theory of Offending also posits that low self-control is related to delinquent and criminal behavior in the form of poor behavioral regulation. Moffitt, however, argues that prenatal injury is the underlying cause of low self-control. In this study, data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth-Child version are used to examine these competing hypotheses. The results indicate that prenatal injury encapsulated within a poor rearing environment is predictive of low self-control. Both parenting factors and low self-control are predictive of late adolescent delinquency. The implications of these findings are discussed. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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McCartan, Lisa Marie and Elaine Gunnison. "Examining the Origins and Influence of Low Self-Control." Journal of Crime and Justice 30,1 (2007): 35-62.