Thursday, January 29, 2009

What your name says about your likelihood to commit crime

What's in a name? How about your chances of being a criminal? Boys with unpopular names (like Ernest, Ivan or Kareem) are more likely to commit crimes, according to a Shippensburg University (PA) study. (LiveScience)

Sounds crazy, yes.

The study authors believe the names are "connected" to risky factors like a "disadvantaged home environment," low income neighborhoods and single-parent households. Kids with unpopular names are also "treated differently by their peers," said the researchers.

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