Original Published Date: 
Monday, January 5, 2015

University of Queensland research aims to answer the age-old question of whether anti-social behaviour is passed down through families. The ARC-funded research is the first of its kind in Australia to examine anti-social behaviour across three generations to determine whether and to what extent poor behaviour of grandparents could be transmitted to grandchildren. “There’s a belief in society that criminal behaviour is transmitted across generations, however in reality we have very little evidence to back up this stereotype and even less information about why this may occur,” says Professor Jake Najman from UQ’s School of Public Health. His team of researchers are setting out to pinpoint whether exposure to certain anti-social factors might predict a generational chain-reaction. The research will also explore how patterns of anti-social behaviour change over time and whether early intervention may reduce the impact of behaviour.

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