Does Size Matter? Phyusicality and Delinquent Involvement

Kevin Beaver, University of Cincinnati
John Paul Wright, University of Cincinnati
Shawn J. Minor, University of Cincinnati

A host of biological and hormonal changes occur within adolescents as they reach the onset of puberty. At approximately this same time, the prevalence of delinquency begins to dramatically increase. Despite this association, relatively little attention has been given to the effects of physical maturation on adolescent waywardness. In an attempt to advance the existing line of literature in the etiology of delinquency, we examine the impact of physical development and temperament on delinquency by drawing upon the influential theoretical framework set forth by Sheldon (1949). The data for this study comes from the public-use version of The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health)--a nationally representative sample of 6,504 adolescents. The multivariate analyses provide evidence that early maturation is significantly associated with delinquent involvement for both males and females.

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