An earlier version of this study was presented at the annual meeting of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH) in Berlin, Germany, in 2011.
Special Issue Article
Female Juvenile Delinquency, Motherhood, and the Intergenerational Transmission of Aggression and Antisocial Behavior†
Article first published online: 5 MAR 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Special Issue: International Perspectives on Juvenile Crime
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 211–237, March/April 2012
How to Cite
Tzoumakis, S., Lussier, P. and Corrado, R. (2012), Female Juvenile Delinquency, Motherhood, and the Intergenerational Transmission of Aggression and Antisocial Behavior. Behav. Sci. Law, 30: 211–237. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2010
- Issue published online: 12 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 5 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 FEB 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 26 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 18 OCT 2011
- British Columbia Ministry of Health and the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (to the Vancouver Longitudinal Study on the Psychosocial Development of Children).
The current study explored the intergenerational transmission of aggression and antisocial behavior by examining mothers' juvenile delinquency, their pregnancies, and its impact on their children's aggressive behavior. The sample consisted of the first 181 biological mothers recruited as part of the Vancouver Longitudinal Study on the Psychosocial Development of Children (British Columbia, Canada). Results indicated that mothers who were juvenile delinquents were more likely to experience social adversity, to use substances during pregnancy and to offend in adulthood. Furthermore, mothers who reported juvenile delinquency had children who were more physically aggressive and had an earlier onset of physical aggression. This pattern of association held when controlling for sociodemographics, social adversities, prenatal substance exposure, and criminal involvement in adulthood. The study findings highlighted the importance of understanding the role and impact of female delinquency and motherhood on the intergenerational transmission of antisocial behavior. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.