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NCJ Number: 128675 Find in a Library
Title: Temporal Paths in Delinquency: Stability, Regression, and Progression Analyzed With Panel Data From an Adolescent and a Delinquent Male Sample
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:33  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1991)  Pages:23-44
Author(s): M LeBlanc; G Cote; R Loeber
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4, Canada
University of Montreal
Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7, Canada
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This Canadian study used a self-report questionnaire administered to a sample of representative adolescents (458) and a sample of known delinquents (470) to determine whether juveniles show a progression from less to more serious forms of delinquency and whether specialization in delinquent activities occurs over time.
Abstract: The questionnaire was administered twice at a 2-year interval in the mid-1970's, and transition matrices were constructed using an index of predictability. The matrices documented instances of stability, regression, and progression in delinquency. Both samples showed a moderate stability that varied by offense category. Over time delinquency tended either to remain stable or to progress, with a lesser tendency to de-escalate or regress. Escalation from minor to more serious offenses was more typical for the adolescent than for the delinquent sample; the latter apparently moved over time to more diverse forms of offending. Subjects in the delinquent sample commonly continued in the same offending pattern. Different delinquency paths over time were apparent in both samples. 2 tables, 3 figures, and 36 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile crime patterns
Index Term(s): Canada; Juvenile delinquency research; Male juvenile delinquents
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