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Does empathy attenuate the criminogenic effect of low self-control in late life?

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posted on 2023-01-24, 15:07 authored by Helmut Hirtenlehner, Neema Trivedi-BatemanNeema Trivedi-Bateman, Dirk Baier, Dagmar Strohmeier

The present study investigates whether empathy shapes the criminogenic effect of low self-control in late adulthood. Based on the assumption that the capacity to understand and share the thoughts and emotions of other people moderates the significance of the capability to consider the distant consequences of behaviour on oneself, we posit that poor self-control is less consequential among senior citizens of high empathy. The results of a postal survey of 3,000 randomly selected older adults from Germany indicate that both low trait self-control and weak trait empathy increase offending in advanced age. Furthermore, the findings provide evidence of an interaction according to which the relationship between the risk-taking component of the self-control trait and criminal activity is stronger for older adults characterised by low empathy. Impulsivity, on the other hand, seems to mediate the association of empathy and offending in late life.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

Published in

International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice

Volume

47

Issue

1

Pages

57-77

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Taylor & Francis under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

2021-07-10

Publication date

2021-07-18

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0192-4036

eISSN

2157-6475

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Neema Trivedi-Bateman. Deposit date: 18 August 2022

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