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Self-Control, Then and Now

Terrie E. Moffitt

in The Future of Criminology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917938
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950430 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917938.003.0005
Self-Control, Then and Now

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This chapter advances the need to improve the physical and financial health of populations and reduce crime. It focuses on the role of poor self-control in predicting delinquency, health outcomes, substance use dependence, and financial wealth, providing supporting data from the Dunedin longitudinal study and the Environmental-Risk Longitudinal Twin Study. The role of sibling comparisons is stressed to examine differences in self-control among siblings reared in the same family environment. The findings are highly relevant for future intervention programs aimed at enhancing self-control at all levels in the population.

Keywords: crime reduction; public health; self-control; health outcomes; substance abuse; financial wealth; Environmental-Risk Longitudinal Twin Study

Chapter.  2433 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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