Maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy and life-course-persistent offending

Alex R. Piquero, Chris L. Gibson, Stephen G. Tibbetts, Michael G. Turner, Solomon H. Katz

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Evidence exists documenting the relationship between maternal cigarette smoking and offspring criminal behavior. Although efforts to understand this relationship in a theoretical framework have only recently emerged, attempts made have been grounded in Moffitt's developmental taxonomy of antisocial behavior. Specifically, maternal cigarette smoking is generally viewed as a potential disruption in the offspring's neuropsychological development, which is subsequently associated with life-course-persistent offending. Using a birth cohort of 987 African Americans, the authors extend previous research by empirically assessing, prospectively, the link between maternal cigarette smoking and life-course-persistent offending while using different operationalizations of Moffitt's offending categorization. The authors' findings offer some support for the relationship between maternal cigarette smoking and life-course-persistent offending, which is dependent on how this concept is operationalized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-248
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

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