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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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The Future of Criminology

Terrie E. Moffitt

Oxford University Press

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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