Can you point me in the direction of the association between criminality and prematurity. I have relative who was working in juvenile justice when my daughter was born prematurely and he said there was a link but that is the first time I have heard it again.
Congratulations on your masters.
Can I caveat (again!) this comment by saying that the lists are very much like a shopping list - no one thing means a someone will be a criminal. Check out Welsh & Olds (writing together) who talk about disadvantage of the early years of life.
Here's a bit of a list cut from my notes.
Child Factors – Prematurity, low birth weight, disability, low intelligence, poor attachment, aggressive behaviours, impulsivity control.
Family Factors – pre-natal, criminality, single mother, single mum, DV, large family size, unemployment, parenting style, inconsistent discipline, neglect.
School context – school failure, peer rejection, poor behaviour management, normative beliefs about aggression, suspension, expulsion numbers.
Life events – divorce and family break up, war or natural disasters, death of a family member.
Community and cultural factors – urban area (not agreed), density of housing, portrayal of violence.
Risk is cumulative – it is the combination of the risk factors that are predictive.
Risk is not destiny.
I tick about 70% of that list and I am far from a criminal. This type of research is very debated. So please don't be offended by it.
There needs to be a lot more longditudinal studies to give us better answers.
You might also want to read
Cambridge Study of Delinquent Development.
Samson and Low – studies. Life in the Making 1993.
Campbell Collaboration - systematic review of raw data.
Hil, R (2000) Governing Through Risk, Children Australia.
Bourgois, P, In search of Respect – selling crack in El Barrio – Cambridge University Press. 1995.
David Kenneday – John Jay College – Stop Don’t Kill me. (premise it will take generations to change the global structural reforms).
Don't Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America [Hardcover]
Edited by *cough*, 06 January 2013 - 09:46 PM.