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date: 03 August 2020

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Psychologists have long understood that certain individual traits, including low self-control, are consistent and robust predictors of antisocial and criminal behavior. Nevertheless, it is equally clear that crime is more concentrated in disadvantaged neighborhoods, which suggests that community-level factors also influence criminal behavior. In recognition of these multilevel influences and processes, the authors consider the interactive effects of individual-level traits and community/neighborhood-level factors on antisocial and criminal behavior. Policy implications and directions for future research are also discussed, with the aim of encouraging interdisciplinary explanations for a problem that a growing body of research suggests has interdisciplinary origins and perhaps interdisciplinary solutions.

Keywords: neighborhoods, communities, risk factors, multilevel factors, aggression, crime

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