Genetic and Environmental Influences in Delinquent Peer Affiliation: From the Peer Network Approach
This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, published by SAGE. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1177/1541204010388527
Mainstream criminologists have long maintained that delinquent peer group formation is largely a function of family-environmental variables, and have ignored self-selection into peer groups because of genetic proclivities. A small number of recent studies, however, suggest that genes are implicated in delinquent peer affiliation. Given the potentially far-reaching implication of such research findings, the authors replicate Beaver, Wright, & DeLisi‘s (2008) study, among others, using a direct measure of peer delinquency. That is, the authors analyze the Add Health genetic data employing a measure of peer delinquency which is based on the delinquency counts reported by peers themselves rather than respondents‘ self-reports. Even employing this alternative measure, their results clearly support the original study, providing further evidence of genetic underpinnings of delinquent peer group formation.
Ilhong Yun, Jinseong Cheong, and Anthony Walsh. "Genetic and Environmental Influences in Delinquent Peer Affiliation: From the Peer Network Approach" Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice (2011): 1-18.
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