The Ties that Bind Us to Society: Siblings, Social Bonds, and Antisocial Behavior



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The research examining the connection between social bonds and antisocial behavior has been extensive and multifaceted, taking various factors such as peer affiliation and sex differences into consideration. Additionally, an emphasis on the type of antisocial behavior most effectively explained by social bonds has been explore. What has not been explored in great depth, however, is the enduring effect of social bonds over time or how social bonds influence differences, if any among and between sibling dyads. The research examining social bonds has largely overlooked any potential variation in social bond influence on antisocial behavior that may exist within families. This study sought to examine how the influence of social bonds on antisocial behavior varies, with a particular emphasis on siblings and sex differences. Results revealed that although limited, social bonds significantly affect nonviolent behavior propensity while considering the influence of biological sex. These findings are discussed in the context of social bonds theory with a discussion about criminological theory more broadly.



Sociology, Criminology and Penology