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Thursday, July 16, 2009

What's In A Name? Jail Time!

Jacob Sloan writes:

According to a new study, the more unpopular, uncommon or feminine a boy's name is, the more likely he will be imprisoned as an adult.

A report in Social Science Quarterly analyzed 15,000 names and found that factors associated with unpopular and androgynous names "increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency" and, eventually, criminality as an adult. Boys with such names faced ridicule from peers and subtle discrimination in the workforce, and often came from families of low socioeconomic status.

What names are most likely to lead to a life of crime? Alec, Ernest, Garland, Ivan, Kareem, Luke, Malcolm, Preston, Tyrell, and Walter.

link: - Boys With Unusual or Feminine Names End Up In Jail


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