Is emerging adulthood influencing Moffitt’s developmental taxonomy? Adding the ‘prolonged’ adolescent offender

Citation

Salvatore, C.; Taniguchi, T.; & Welsh, W. N. (2012). Is emerging adulthood influencing Moffitt's developmental taxonomy? Adding the 'prolonged' adolescent offender. Western Criminology Review. vol. 13 (1) pp. 1-15 , PMCID: PMC3818124

Abstract

The study of offender trajectories has been a prolific area of criminological research. However, few studies have incorporated the influence of emerging adulthood, a recently identified stage of the life course, on offending trajectories. The present study addressed this shortcoming by introducing the “prolonged adolescent” offender, a low-level offender between the ages of 18 and 25 that has failed to successfully transition into adult social roles. A theoretical background based in prior research in life-course criminology and emerging adulthood is presented. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health analyses examined the relationship between indicators of traditional turning points and social bonds and low-level criminal offending and drug use. Several indicators including education, economic instability, and parental attachment were all predictive of offending and drug use.

URL

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3818124/

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Western Criminology Review

Author(s)

Salvatore, C.
Taniguchi, T.
Welsh, W. N.

Year Published

2012

Volume Number

13

Issue Number

1

Pages

1-15

ISSN/ISBN

1096-4886

DOI

1096-4886

PMCID

PMC3818124

NIHMSID

NIHMS439657

Reference ID

1568