Growing Up Smart and Criminal

  • Maureen Neihart


Criminals don't just show up, they grow up. The precursors to adult criminal activity can be observed in some children as early as the preschool years and some authorities believe that antisocial patterns of behavior are established by age 10. In many cases, the developing criminal mind is evident by mid to late adolescence. What does it look like and what can we do to intervene when we recognize it? A national spotlight on bright minds that act violently against others contributes to the popular notion that a latent vulnerability lies in some gifted children. Is there any empirical evidence to support this idea? These are the questions this chapter attempts to answer, first by summarizing what we know about the prevalence of antisocial behavior among gifted youth and about the development of antisocial behavior in children in general, and then by describing a cognitive model that has been effective in preventing and reducing antisocial behavior in children and adolescents of wide ranging ability levels.


Antisocial Behavior Moral Reasoning Moral Development Wrong Behavior Power Struggle 
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  1. 1.Psychological Studies Academic Group, Blk 2 Level 3 Room 78National Institute of EducationSingapore

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