Monday, November 10, 2008

Late entrants to the criminal classes

A long-term study of 400 men by researchers from the universities of Turin and Cambridge compared those who had had blameless childhoods but who had later turned to crime, those who had begun their criminal career early in life and those who had been law-abiding all their life. Compared with early-onset offenders late-onset criminals were more nervous, had fewer friends from the ages of 8-10 and were less likely to have had sex before the age of 18. Compared to non-offenders those who turned to crime later in life were more anxious at school between the ages of 12 and 14 and very neurotic by 16.

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