Criminal career progression among serious youthful offenders in Australia

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Title Criminal career progression among serious youthful offenders in Australia
Author Brame, Robert; Mazerolle, Paul Joseph; Piquero, Alex R.
Journal Name Journal of Criminal Justice
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract An important question from research on criminal careers is whether the processes that generate participation in criminal activity are similar to those that drive offending frequency among those who have initiated. This article considers basic demographic correlates asking whether those factors are associated with both initial and sustained early adulthood criminality in Australia. Three findings emerged from the study: (1) the offenders exhibited high levels of criminal activity during early adulthood; (2) males were more likely than females to offend and offend at higher rates as adults; and (3) Indigenous youth were more likely than non-Indigenous youth to offend and offend at higher rates as adults. Overall, the study results showed that basic correlates of crime were linked to both participation and frequency of offending in early adulthood—even within a sample of serious offenders. The article addresses the theoretical implications of the findings and directions for future research.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2010.04.001
Volume 38
Issue Number 4
Page from 340
Page to 347
ISSN 0047-2352
Date Accessioned 2010-08-02
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/34041
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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