Can Childhood Factors Predict Workplace Deviance?


Journal Article

Compared to the more common focus on street crime, empirical research on workplace deviance has been hampered by highly select samples, cross-sectional research designs, and limited inclusion of relevant predictor variables that bear on important theoretical debates. A key debate concerns the extent to which childhood conduct-problem trajectories influence crime over the life-course, including adults' workplace crime, whether childhood low self-control is a more important determinant than trajectories, and/or whether each or both of these childhood factors relate to later criminal activity. This paper provides evidence on this debate by examining two types of workplace deviance: production and property deviance separately for males and females. We use data from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, a birth cohort followed into adulthood, to examine how childhood factors (conduct-problem trajectories and low self-control) and then adult job characteristics predict workplace deviance at age 32. Analyses revealed that none of the childhood factors matter for predicting female deviance in the workplace but that conduct-problem trajectories did account for male workplace deviance.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Piquero, NL; Moffitt, TE

Published Date

  • July 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 664 - 692

PubMed ID

  • 24882937

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24882937

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1745-9109

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0741-8825

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07418825.2012.661446


  • eng