Trajectories of Offending and Their Relation to Life Failure in Late Middle Age: Findings from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development

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Title Trajectories of Offending and Their Relation to Life Failure in Late Middle Age: Findings from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development
Author Piquero, Alex; Farrington, David P.; Nagin, Daniel S.; Moffitt, Terrie E.
Journal Name Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage
Abstract Researchers have hypothesized that over the life course, criminal offending varies with problems in other domains, including life failure and physical and mental health.To examine this issue, the authors use data from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development, a prospective longitudinal survey of 411 South London males first studied at age 8 in 1961. Developmental trajectories of criminal activity were defined on the basis of conviction records through age 40, and these were used to predict self-report measures of life failure at age 48 obtained during personal interviews. Results indicate that offending in the first 40 years of life relates to life failure, that childhood risk factors are also implicated in adult life outcomes, and that differences emerge in how offender trajectories predict life failure after controlling for individual and environmental risk factors. This is the first longitudinal investigation to show that chronic offending is associated with life failure into the late 40s, an age period not previously reported, and it also shows that different offending trajectories have different outcomes in late middle age.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022427809357713
Volume 47
Issue Number 2
Page from 151
Page to 173
ISSN 0022-4278
Date Accessioned 2011-02-02
Language en_AU
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36532
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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