The British Journal of Psychiatry


A rare opportunity to study deprivation and criminality across generations arose from the follow-up of the families who participated in the Newcastle Thousand Family Survey. The data on these families had been preserved and it was possible, using criminal records, to examine longitudinally whether children who grew up in 'deprived' rather than 'non-deprived' families were more at risk of offending during later childhood and beyond. The results of this study suggest that this is indeed so.