Date of Award
Thesis (Campus Access Only)
Master of Arts
Criminology and Criminal Jus
Authoritative parenting has been found to influence several outcomes from childhood through adulthood. Few studies have examined the influence parenting has on behavior in emerging adulthood. The current study observes the effect of authoritative parenting on criminal behavior in emerging adulthood in a sample of Americans drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) (N=11,642). Additionally, this study examines whether the effect of authoritative parenting on criminal behavior is moderated by individual genotype. A gender specific analysis is warranted. Results show that authoritative parenting decreases criminal behavior in emerging adulthood among females, but not males. Female carriers of the 2R or 3R allele of monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) combined with the 10R/10R allele of dopamine transporter 1 (DAT1) report the least criminal behavior when authoritative parenting is highest and the most criminal behavior when authoritative parenting is at its lowest. Future direction of biosocial research is discussed.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Province, Karli Lynn, "Genes, Authoritative Parenting, and Crime in Emerging Adulthood" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2325.