Delinquent Peer Group Formation: Evidence of a Gene X Environment Correlation

  title={Delinquent Peer Group Formation: Evidence of a Gene X Environment Correlation},
  author={Kevin M. Beaver and John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi},
  journal={The Journal of Genetic Psychology},
  pages={227 - 244}
Emerging evidence suggests that variants of specific genes may influence some youths to seek out or associate with antisocial peers. Using genotypic data (N = 1,816) from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (J. R. Udry, 1998, 2003), the authors tested this possibility. They found that the 10R allele of the dopamine transporter (DAT1) gene was associated with self-reported delinquent peer affiliation for male adolescents from high-risk environments (β range = .13-.14) despite… 

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