Romantic Partners' Contribution to the Continuity of Male and Female Delinquent and Violent Behavior

Herrera, V. M.,
Wiersma, J. D.,
Cleveland, H. H.
Journal Article
Year Published: 2010
Journal of Research on Adolescence , 21(3): 608-618, 2010
San Jose State University

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), these authors examined criminality and violent behaviors among males and females in young adulthood. Specifically, they examined the main effects of both previous adolescent delinquency and violence and current opposite sex romantic partners' criminality and violence, as well as the interaction of these with each other and by sex of primary participant. The main effects for adolescent delinquency and partners' criminality were significant; however, results for the interactions by sex suggest different patterns for males and females. Having a prior delinquent history predicted adult criminality for males but not for females, while being in a relationship with a criminal partner increased the odds of criminal behavior in young adulthood for both males and females. A different pattern of results was found for violence in young adulthood. Having a prior violent history predicted adult violence for males and females. However, being in a relationship with a violent partner increased the odds of violent behavior for females only. Modified Author Abstract.

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