Antisocial behaviour: An examination of individual, family, and neighbourhood factors

Criminology Research Council grant: (19/07-08)

This project simultaneously examines individual, family and neighbourhood predictors of adolescent antisocial behaviour. This paper draws on the Mater University Study of Pregnancy (MUSP) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census data to examine the between neighbourhood variation in incidences of antisocial behaviour in adolescence while controlling for a range of individual and familial factors. Analyses explore the dynamic relationship between individual and social factors and their relationship to antisocial behaviour across the Statistical Local Areas located in South East Queensland region. Individual and maternal factors and family processes were more important than neighbourhood characteristics. The small observed area effects may have pronounced impacts on outcomes and the present research suggests that disadvantage may exacerbate antisocial behaviour.  However, these effects are secondary to other individual and familial factors