Regression analyses show that low self-control is related to criminal offending. The relationship between low self-control and offending persists after the introduction of potential mediators (e.g., unstructured socializing, negative emotions, and familial ties) and is even observed across different stages of late adulthood (i.e., young-old, old-old, and oldest-old) characterized by declining physical and cognitive abilities.
Robustness checks using alternative measurement and modeling strategies also provide empirical support. Although strong causal inferences are limited by the nature of the data, the findings generally support the notion that low self-control theory partially explains criminal offending in late adulthood.
By: Wolfe SE1, Reisig MD2, Holtfreter K2.
- 1University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA.