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The Future of Criminology$
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Rolf Loeber and Brandon C. Welsh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199917938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917938.001.0001

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Self-Control, Then and Now

Self-Control, Then and Now

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(p.40) 5 Self-Control, Then and Now
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The Future of Criminology
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Terrie E. Moffitt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917938.003.0005

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

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