Is Crime Bad for Your Health? The Link Between Delinquent Offending and Cardiometabolic Risk

Joseph A. Schwartz, Jukka Savolainen, Douglas A. Granger, Jessica L. Calvi

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Abstract

Specific sources of psychophysiological dysfunction have been identified as a primary mechanism of the association between stress and health, wherein chronic and prolonged exposure to stressors results in downstream negative consequences of stress-linked dysregulation that increase the likelihood of chronic health problems. Factors pertinent to criminological inquiry have been previously identified as sources of physiological dysfunction, but the extent to which offending over the life course operates in a similar manner has yet to be examined. The current study examines the longitudinal association between delinquency and physiological dysfunction in cardiovascular and metabolic functioning (i.e., cardiometabolic risk). The results of longitudinal structural equation models revealed that greater levels of delinquency are associated with higher levels of cardiometabolic risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1347-1368
Number of pages22
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Volume66
Issue number10
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • cardiometabolic risk
  • delinquency
  • health
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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