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More Alike than Different? Assortative Mating and Antisocial Behavior in Adulthood.
Unformatted Document Text:  MORE ALIKE THAN DIFFERENT? ASSORTATIVE MATING AND ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR IN ADULTHOOD Brian B. Boutwell Kevin M. Beaver Abstract An impressive line of research has demonstrated that individuals tend to select their mates based on a number of shared characteristics—a phenomenon known as assortative mating. For example, age, race, socio-economic status, level of education, and personality traits have all be shown to be highly similar between mates. Additional evidence is surfacing suggesting that a number of antisocial traits, such as psychopathology, impulsivity, and negative affectivity, are also strongly correlated between mates. Although there is some research examining assortative mating in other disciplines, there is a paucity of criminological research directly examining this issue. We address this gap in the literature by analyzing a national sample of mothers and fathers drawn from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort data. Our results are in line with previous research showing similarity between mates on antisocial behaviors. The ways in which assortative mating can be integrated into mainstream criminological theories are discussed.

Authors: Boutwell, Brian. and Beaver, Kevin.
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Brian B. Boutwell
Kevin M. Beaver
An impressive line of research has demonstrated that individuals tend to select their mates based 
on a number of shared characteristics—a phenomenon known as assortative mating.  For 
example, age, race, socio-economic status, level of education, and personality traits have all be 
shown to be highly similar between mates.  Additional evidence is surfacing suggesting that a 
number of antisocial traits, such as psychopathology, impulsivity, and negative affectivity, are 
also strongly correlated between mates.  Although there is some research examining assortative 
mating in other disciplines, there is a paucity of criminological research directly examining this 
issue.  We address this gap in the literature by analyzing a national sample of mothers and fathers 
drawn from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort data.   Our results are in line 
with previous research showing similarity between mates on antisocial behaviors.  The ways in 
which assortative mating can be integrated into mainstream criminological theories are 

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