The Roles of Mothers and Fathers in Intergenerational Behavioral Transmission

The Case of Smoking and Delinquency
  • Ping Wu
  • Denise B. Kandel
Part of the Longitudinal Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences book series (LRSB)


Continuity across generations has been observed for different behaviors, from nondeviant to deviant, including domains as diverse as occupational choice, television watching, educational attainment, religious practices, personality characteristics, alcoholism, psychiatric disorders, and childbearing in adolescence (Caspi & Elder, 1991; Clark, Worthington, & Danser, 1988; Davies & Kandel, 1981; Kahn & Anderson, 1992; Plomin, 1986; Plomin, Corley, DeFries, & Fulker, 1990; Rutter, Macdonald, Le Couteur, Harrington, Bolton, & Bailey, 1990; Webster, Harburg, Gleiberman, Schork, & DiFranceisco, 1989). The majority of studies on familial influences focus on mothers and fail to take fathers into account; they rely on children’s perceptions of parental behaviors rather than on parental self-reports. The respective roles of mothers and fathers in intergenerational behavioral continuity remain to be elucidated.


Parental Behavior Criminal Justice System Intergenerational Transmission Parental Role Criminal Record 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ping Wu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Denise B. Kandel
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and School of Public HealthColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA

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