Predicting the Counterproductive Employee in a Child-to-Adult Prospective Study

Adolescent criminal activity is not a predictor of counterproductive work behaviors. By following a cohort of young people in New Zealand from childhood to age 26, the study also found that in some cases, people with histories of adolescent crime were less likely to steal or fight at work.


Roberts, B. W., Harms, P. D., Caspi, A., & Moffitt, T. E. (2007). Predicting the counterproductive employee in a child-to-adult prospective study. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92(5), 1427–1436. https://doi.org/10.1037/0021-9010.92.5.1427

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Open Access Source: https://booksc.org/book/60667999/c14580

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