Journal article

Repeat Offending in Australian Populations: Profile of Engagement in Antisocial and Risk-Taking Behaviours

Kimberley A Brindle, Terence V Bowles, Elizabeth Freeman

JOURNAL OF ADULT DEVELOPMENT | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2019

Abstract

Antisocial behaviour is described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as behaviours that demonstrate a disregard for or the violation of social norms. The age–crime curve model states that engagement in antisocial and risk-taking behaviours is prevalent during adolescence; however, further research is required to explore the applicability of this model for a selection of behaviours. A convenience sample (n = 393) was used to explore adult’s retrospective profiles of engagement using the Antisocial Engagement Questionnaire. The initial ages of engagement for 45 antisocial and risk-taking behaviours in an Australian sample were recorded (overall mean age = 17.0..

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