Criminal Trajectories of Adult Sex offenders and the Age Effect: Examining the Dynamic Aspect of Offending in Adulthood

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Title Criminal Trajectories of Adult Sex offenders and the Age Effect: Examining the Dynamic Aspect of Offending in Adulthood
Author Lussier, Patrick; Tzoumakis, Stacy; Cale, Jesse; Amirault, Joanna
Journal Name International Criminal Justice Review
Year Published 2010
Place of publication USA
Publisher Sage
Abstract Several policies have been implemented to manage the risk of sex offenders in the community. These policies, however, tend to target older repeat sex offenders. This is the first study to examine and describe the offending trajectories of adult sex offenders from early adolescence to adulthood. The current study is based on a quasipopulation of convicted adult sex offenders in the province of Quebec, Canada. The number of convictions was examined from the period of adolescence up to age 35 using a group-based modeling technique. The study uncovered four offending trajectories: (a) very low-rate group (56%); (b) late-bloomers (12%); (c) low-rate desistors (25%); and (d) highrate chronics (8%). These trajectories differed on several key criminal career dimensions such as age of onset, frequency, diversity, and specialization in different offence types. The study findings challenge the conception of sex offenders' risk as high, stable, and linear. The implications for the risk assessment and the risk prediction of recidivism are discussed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1057567710368360
Volume 20
Issue Number 2
Page from 147
Page to 168
ISSN 1056-5677
Date Accessioned 2011-02-18
Language en_AU
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36518
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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