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Saving Children from a Life of CrimeEarly Risk Factors and Effective Interventions$
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David P. Farrington and Brandon C. Welsh

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304091.001.0001

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Individual Factors

Individual Factors

(p.37) 3 Individual Factors
Saving Children from a Life of Crime

David P. Farrington

Brandon C. Welsh

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the individual factor in delinquency and later offending. The findings reveal that low intelligence and low educational attainment, and low empathy and impulsiveness, are important risk factors for offending. This chapter explains that all of these factors may reflect executive functioning deficits in the brain. It also discusses the assumption that individual differences in criminal potential are relatively stable over time and in different environments.

Keywords:   individual factor, delinquency, later offending, low intelligence, educational attainment, low empathy, impulsiveness, executive functioning deficits, brain, criminal potential

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