Research report 2022 - Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law

Short-term thinking, criminal action

Deitzer, Jessica; Kübel, Sebastian; van Gelder, Jean-Louis
Abteilung Kriminologie
People who have short-term mindsets (i.e., impulsivity, sensation-seeking, and low future orientation) are more likely to commit crime. In our research, we consider how adverse environments and experiences affect short-term mindsets. We find that harsh and unpredictable environments, victimization, and first-time and early police contact are each associated with more short-term thinking. This can help explain the link between short-term mindsets and later crime in adolescents.

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