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Title: Re-examining of Moffitt’s theory of delinquency through agent based modeling
Authors: Leaw, Jia Ning
Ang, Rebecca Pei-Hui
Huan, Vivien Swee Leng
Chan, Wei Teng
Cheong, Siew Ann
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Leaw, J. N., Ang, R. P. H., Huan, V. S. L., Chan, W. T., & Cheong, S. A. (2015). Re-examining of Moffitt’s theory of delinquency through agent based modelling. PLoS ONE, 10(6): e0126752.
Abstract: Moffitt’s theory of delinquency suggests that at-risk youths can be divided into two groups, the adolescence- limited group and the life-course-persistent group, predetermined at a young age, and social interactions between these two groups become important during the adolescent years. We built an agent-based model based on the microscopic interactions Moffitt described: (i) a maturity gap that dictates (ii) the cost and reward of antisocial behavior, and (iii) agents imitating the antisocial behaviors of others more successful than themselves, to find indeed the two groups emerging in our simulations. Moreover, through an intervention simulation where we moved selected agents from one social network to another, we also found that the social network plays an important role in shaping the life course outcome.
ISSN: 1932-6203
Other Identifiers: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126752
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