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NCJ Number: NCJ 232790     Find in a Library
Title: Substance Use and Delinquent Behavior Among Serious Adolescent Offenders
Author(s): Edward P. Mulvey ; Carol A. Schubert ; Laurie Chassin
Date Published: 12/2010
Page Count: 16
  Series: OJJDP Pathways to Desistance
  Annotation: Based on the findings of the Pathways to Desistance study, which monitored approximately 1,300 serious juvenile offenders for 7 years after their convictions, this paper focuses on findings related to the link between adolescent substance use and serious offending.
Abstract: The study found that serious/chronic offenders are much more likely than other juvenile offenders to be substance users and to qualify as having substance use disorders. Substance use and offending at one age is a consistent predictor of continued serious offending at a later age. Factors such as sensation-seeking, uninhibited behavior, poor affect regulation, stress, and depression can lead to “externalizing” behaviors such as substance use and criminal activity. Substance use and serious offending fluctuate in similar patterns over time, suggesting a reciprocal or sequential relationship, but no causal relationship has been proven. The study found that substance use and serious offending decrease in late adolescence. Identifying and examining the factors that enable youth to desist from these behaviors as they learn new skills and mature with age may reveal avenues for intervention. 79 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention ; Drug Related Crime ; Juvenile drug use ; Juvenile drug abusers ; Serious juvenile offenders ; Juvenile to adult criminal careers ; OJJDP grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 2007-MU-FX-0002
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: From OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin, December 2010
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