Navigation Links
Criminal behavior: Older siblings strongly sway younger siblings close in age
Date:4/28/2014

If a sibling commits a violent criminal act, the risk that a younger sibling may follow in their footsteps is more likely than the transmission of that behavior to an older sibling, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden.

The findings provide insight into the social transmission of violent behaviors and suggest that environmental factors within families can be important when it comes to delinquent behavior. Down the road, the results may be used to inform strategies for prevention and treatment programs.

For some time, experts have recognized that violent criminal behavior runs strongly in families due to shared environmental factors such as poverty, divorce and poor parental supervision.

In a study, published online April 28 in the journal Psychological Medicine, researchers examined a series of national databases from Sweden linking full sibling pairs and criminal conviction. The team conducted two analyses one that looked at age differences in siblings, and one that examined the difference in the risk of being a younger sibling versus an older sibling of a proband with violent criminal behavior.

Researchers found that older siblings more strongly "transmit" the risk for violent criminal behavior to their younger siblings, rather than vice versa. The team also found that the closer in age that siblings are, the greater the risk for the transmission of violent behavior. The authors write, "Because older siblings often exert more influence on siblings than younger, the risk for violent criminal behavior should be greater when the older sibling has violent criminal behavior as compared to the younger sibling. However it is not just mere closeness in age, but rather the nature of the sibling relationship that often occurs when siblings are closer in age."

"Our findings strongly support the importance of familial-environmental influences on violent criminal behavior and provide some insight into the possible mechanisms at work," said first author Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D., director of the VCU Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.


'/>"/>

Contact: Sathya Achia Abraham
sbachia@vcu.edu
804-828-1231
Virginia Commonwealth University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Children, brain development and the criminal law
2. New Facebook app to detect pedophiles and criminals developed by Ben-Gurion U. researchers
3. Mass. Launches Criminal Probe of Firm Linked to Meningitis Outbreak: Report
4. Continued Use of ADHD Drugs May Reduce Criminal Behavior, Study Says
5. DePuy ASR Hip Recall: Bernstein Liebhard Notes British Call for Criminal Inquiry Following Revelations in U.S. DePuy ASR Trial
6. Michigan Criminal Attorney, Loren Dickstein, Successfully Assists Client with Avoiding Serving Time in Federal Prison
7. Criminal Defense Attorneys of Intermountain Legal Launch New Website to Further Assist Clients throughout Northern and Central Utah
8. Orange County’s New Suspect Identification Tools Meet Resistance from MacGregor & Collins Criminal Attorneys
9. Norwich University Launches New Online Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program in Criminal Justice
10. New Drug Bill to Lower Penalties for Possession of Controlled Substances Gains Support from Criminal Lawyers
11. Criminal Attorneys Provide Memorial Day Weekend DUI Checklist and Safety Information
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... (PRWEB) May 24, 2016 -- Grow Healthy ... Advisory Board. Joining the Grow Healthy Advisory Board team are ... embody the mission of our organization and bring talent, expertise and ... as we continue to expand our footprint as the leader in ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... choose the perfect data logger for each job, ensuring the best suited solution ... calibrations of MadgeTech data loggers at their lab in Istanbul. , Metroloji Okulu ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... and clinical practice of radiosurgery, is recognizing five medical residents and students for ... stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). The awards will be presented at the 2016 SRS/SBRT ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Bio-Logic Aqua® Research ... forty years and a trainer for Ageless Grace ( http://www.agelessgrace.com ) to discuss ... on May 16, 2016. , Formerly a Northwestern University Literature Professor, Kinst gravitated ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , ... May 24, 2016 , ... In light of ... aware of the potential of contaminated well water throughout the Houston area. , Heavy ... with well water that’s exposed to contaminants. Residents may not even be aware of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)...   , Study met ... and superiority in , Excellent plus ... of the ascending colon   , ... B.V. today announced new positive data from the phase III MORA ... standard 2 litre PEG with ascorbate. The study met both primary ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... Celsion Corporation (NASDAQ: CLSN ... an update on its ongoing OVATION study, a ... the Company,s DNA-based immunotherapy, with the standard of ... advanced ovarian cancer who will undergo neoadjuvant chemotherapy ... IL-12 DNA plasmid vector formulated as a nanoparticle ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... KONG , May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... COMBO ™ , la première ... des cathéters destinés à l,intervention portant sur ... (FAV)   OrbusNeich, entreprise mondiale ... permettant de changer la vie, a élargi ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: