The intergenerational transmission of violent offending

S.G.A. van de Weijer, C.C.J.H. Bijleveld, A.A.J. Blokland

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The current study examines the intergenerational transmission and concentration of violent offending using conviction data of 3,440 persons from three consecutive generations from the Dutch Transfive study. Violent offending is more concentrated within nuclear families than non-violent offending, and the intergenerational transmission of violent offending is stronger than the intergenerational transmission of non-violent offending. Due to the low prevalence of violent offending by women, only transmission from father to son is studied. Paternal violent offending before the birth of the son does not increase the son's risk to become violent, while paternal violent offending during the son's childhood and adolescence does. These results suggest that exposure to paternal violence plays an important role in the intergenerational transmission of violent offending. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-118
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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