Air Pollution Increases criminal behavior in Teenagers

The new study by researchers from University of Southern California’s (USC), Keck School of Medicine links higher levels of air pollution to increased teenage criminal behaviour. The study suggests that ambient air pollution may increase criminal behaviour behaviour among nine to 18-year-olds in urban neighbourhoods in Greater Los Angeles. Poor parent-child relationships and parental mental and social distress further increased the effects of criminal behaviours like lying, cheating stealing, vandalism etc. The researchers followed 682 children in Greater Los Angeles for nine years starting when they were nine.

Source: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology