Desistance from serious and not so serious crime: a comparison of psychosocial risk factors

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Title Desistance from serious and not so serious crime: a comparison of psychosocial risk factors
Author Gunnison, Elaine; Mazerolle, Paul Joseph
Journal Name Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law, and Society
Editor Roslyn Muraskin
Year Published 2007
Place of publication USA
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Desistance from criminal behavior represents an important dimension of offending, yet few studies have explored whether factors promoting desistance from crime also promote desistance from less serious forms of offending behavior. Using data from the National Youth Survey, this study examines whether a series of theoretically informed psychosocial factors can differentiate offenders who desist from those who persist and whether these factors vary for offenders who desist from general and more serious forms of offending behavior. The results reveal that a number of characteristics differentiate desisters from persisters, and that there are important similarities and differences between factors that promote desistance from serious and not so serious offending.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/1478601x.asp
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14786010701617649
Volume 20
Issue Number 3
Page from 222
Page to 242
ISSN 1478-601X
Date Accessioned 2008-02-26
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Sociology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/18140
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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