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NCJ Number: NCJ 206174     Find in a Library
Title: Operational Lessons From the Pathways to Desistance Project
Author(s): Carol A. Schubert ; Edward P. Mulvey ; Laurence Steinberg ; Elizabeth Cauffman ; Sandra H. Losoya ; Thomas Hecker ; Laurie Chassin ; George P. Knight
  Editor(s): Edward P. Mulvey
  Journal: Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice  Volume:2  Issue:3  Dated:July 2004  Pages:237 to 255
Date Published: 07/2004
Page Count: 19
  Annotation: This article outlines the methodology for the Pathways to Desistance study, a multisite, longitudinal study of serious juvenile offenders, and discusses the key operational decisions with the greatest impact on the study design.
Abstract: The Pathways to Desistance Project is a large scale, two-site longitudinal examination of desistance from crime among adolescent serious offenders. This study was an attempt to elucidate how developmental processes, social context, and intervention and sanctioning experiences affect the process of desistance from crime. The study employed a prospective design with a broad measurement focus and multiple sources of information to provide a picture of intraindividual change over time. It also provided a strong description of changes in functioning, psychological development, and social context among adolescent serious offenders during late adolescence, and to access the effects of maturation, changes in social context, and sanctioning and intervention experiences on positive and negative changes in behavior, psychological functioning, and the transition into adult roles. This article describes some of the key practical and logistical challenges found most salient for maintaining the integrity of the original intent of the study. The article addresses the subset of issues confronted that had the greatest impact on the study design and the study’s eventual interpretability. The article presents an operational overview of the Pathways study, discusses specific challenges to the implementation of the project, and summarizes the implications and lessons that can be drawn from the experience. References
Main Term(s): Juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors ; Criminality prediction ; Longitudinal studies ; Violent juvenile offenders ; Juvenile Delinquent behavior ; Juvenile delinquency research ; Juvenile delinquency theory ; Serious juvenile offenders ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: William Penn Foundation
United States of America

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
United States of America

William T. Grant Foundation
United States of America

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
United States of America

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
United States of America

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America

Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
United States of America
Grant Number: 1999-IJ-CX-0053; 2000-MU-MU-0007
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Special Issue: Pathways to Desistance, for additional articles see NCJ-206173 and NCJ-206175-176.
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