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NCJ Number: NCJ 182224   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Correlates of Specialization and Escalation in the Criminal Career: Final Report
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Author(s): Chester L. Britt
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 59
  Annotation: This study attempts to determine whether adolescent correlates of criminal behavior also serve as correlates of specialization and escalation in the criminal career.
Abstract: Prior research on offense sequences focused on establishing the existence of specialization and escalation and on testing whether observed patterns of offense sequences differ across age and race of offender. This study used a series of multinomial logit models to test for significant behavioral, social and psychological correlates of the likelihood of offender specialization and escalation. Without taking into account offender characteristics, there was evidence of specialization and escalation comparable to that found in prior research. Once offender background characteristics were controlled statistically, overall evidence of specialization and escalation was significantly reduced, indicating that background characteristics were important predictors of types of offending and that background characteristics help to explain patterns of offending across the criminal career. References, tables, figures
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Habitual offenders ; Policy ; Crime patterns ; Crime prediction ; Criminality prediction ; Juvenile crime patterns ; Criminal career patterns ; Juvenile to adult criminal careers ; Demographic analysis of crime
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 97-IJ-CX-0020
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: See NCJ 182217 for the Summary Report
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