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Poverty is the mother of crime? Links between socioeconomic status and antisocial behaviour in young people Seminar

12:30 - 13:30
17 March 2016
University of Southampton Highfield Campus Building 44 (Shackleton) Room 3031/3033

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Sue McNally on 02380 595150 or email .

Event details

A number of psychological theories and approaches to policy assume that lower family socio-economic status (SES) causes antisocial behaviour in children. The relevant evidence base will be examined in this talk. A systematic review of the literature identified 139 independent estimates of the cross-sectional relationship between SES and antisocial behaviour. Meta-analysis estimated the overall relationship at r = -.10 (95% Confidence Interval: -.08, -.12) and identified reporter of antisocial behaviour as an important moderator of the relationship. The relationship was stronger with parent and teacher reporters than with child reporters. The current state of knowledge on the mechanisms that might underlie this association is reviewed. Current evidence that low SES may have a causal effect, and the factors that might mediate such an effect are considered. These include family investment, family stress, and broader social status. Whether the effect of low SES varies according to neighbourhood characteristics (e.g., relative poverty), developmental stage and other psychosocial characteristics are also discussed.

Speaker information

Dr Richard Rowe, University of Sheffield. Research Interests The Development of Antisocial behaviour: Sex differences, callousness, oppositionality, testosterone, behavioural genetics. Driver Behaviour: Interventions to reduce risky driving, factors contributing to crash liability. Anticipation in skilled performance: Video simulation measurement, modelling and training implications particularly regarding tennis and driving. Quality of Life in Chronic Illness: This work addresses predictors of quality of life in survivors of cancer. I am currently supervising a project examining whether an educational intervention can improve psychosocial functioning in children with leukaemia.

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