Delinquent Behavior Among Boys ‘Contagious,’ Study Finds

I often tell parents that they should help their kids choose their friends carefully. Here’s an article that supports my perspective.

Impulsive boys with inadequate supervision, poor families and deviant friends are more likely to commit criminal acts that land them in juvenile court, according to a new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. The most surprising finding from the 20-year study, conducted by researchers from the Université de Montréal and University of Genoa, was how help provided by the juvenile justice system substantially increased the risk of the boys engaging in criminal activities during early adulthood.

You can read the entire article here.

While the research mainly focuses on children who affected others during association in detention, its implications extend far beyond that–even to simple circles of friends.

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