Passing down crime

Criminal mother? Then the odds are higher that her children will go astray as well.

Sytske Besemer of the University of California, Berkeley (US) has calculated that children of criminal parents are two times more likely to resort to crime than children of law-abiding parents. Crime is most easily transmitted from mother to daughter and mother to son.

According to Besemer that could be attributed to the important role mothers play while raising children. Or perhaps dad isn’t passing his more questionable traits down to his kids because he doesn’t look after them or because he’s in prison. There’s more bad news for these children. A study by Steve van de Weijer from the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime Law Enforcement (NSCR) reveals that children with a parent in prison are two times more likely to die prematurely when they’re adults (between 18 and 65 years old) than parents who don’t have a parent in prison.

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