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Title: Crime and Deviance Over the Life Course: The Salience of Adult Social Bonds
Journal: ASR (American Sociological Review)  Volume:55  Issue:5  Dated:(October 1990)  Pages:609-627
Author(s): R J Sampson; J H Laub
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 87-IJ-CX-0022; 89-IJ-CX-0036
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the natural histories of two samples of boys that differed significantly in childhood delinquency tested a model of crime and deviance over the life course.
Abstract: The first hypothesis tested is that childhood antisocial behavior predicts problems in adult development across a variety of dimensions. The second hypothesis tested holds that social bonds to work and family in adulthood explain changes in crime and deviance over the life span. The longitudinal data used were reconstructed from the Gluecks' classic study of delinquent and nondelinquent males from childhood to age 32. Findings show that childhood delinquency is linked to adult crime, alcohol abuse, general deviance, economic dependency, educational failure, unemployment, divorce, and even charges in the military. Despite this continuity in deviance, however, job stability and strong marital attachment in adulthood inhibit adult criminal and deviant behavior. The results support a model of informal social control that recognizes both stability and change in antisocial behavior over the life course. 7 tables, 15 footnotes, and 55 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile to adult criminal careers
Index Term(s): Crime causes theory; Informal social control
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