Joe Schwartz, Ph.D., Interviewed by Local Media
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Joe Schwartz was recently interviewed by a local news station regarding his study linking head injuries with criminal activity.
Schwartz, whose study appeared in a recent edition of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, found that youth who suffer head injuries prior to age 16 are three to four times more likely than the general population to have run-ins with the law. Schwartz theorizes that serious head injuries, defined as those requiring medical attention, can interfere with a youth’s self-control, which in turn can lead to poor decision making and criminal behavior. The reduction in self-control following an injury was relatively short-lived, however, and most youth returned to their pre-injury levels of self-control if no additional injuries were sustained.
Click here to listen to Schwartz’s complete interview with KETV’s news anchor Julie Cornell.
Published August, 2017