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Abstract

Background/Methods

Alcoholism and criminality tend to run in families. The current research examines that tendency by investigating the link between paternal deviance and the socializing environments fathers provide for their children. Observational data indicate that alcoholic and criminal men disproportionately tend to be aggressive in their families and to father sons whose mothers are disproportionately incompetent in their roles as mothers.

Results/Conclusions

Using longitudinal data, the study suggests that good socializing environments tend to impede the transmission of deviance and that bad socializing environments tend to promote the transmission, especially, of criminality. Copyright © 1999 Whurr Publishers Ltd.