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NCJ Number: 228565 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing the Relationship Between Violent and Nonviolent Criminal Activity Among Serious Adolescent Offenders
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:46  Issue:4  Dated:November 2009  Pages:553-580
Author(s): John M. MacDonald; Amelia Haviland; Andrew R. Morral
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, GA 30333
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: R49CE000574;R01DA16722
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study applied the trajectory modeling approach to assess the longitudinal relationship between violent and nonviolent offending pathways among a sample of adolescent offenders.
Abstract: Results from the analysis indicate that patterns of violent and nonviolent offending were most closely approximated with a three-group trajectory classification and that predicted memberships in these groups, on average, were associated with the many of the same baseline covariates. Results also indicated that membership in violent and nonviolent offending groups was not statistically independent at the individual level and when modeled jointly there was substantial overlap in the trajectories of both offense types. These results suggest the need to further investigate the processes that explain the progression in violent as opposed to nonviolent offending and the potential for a unique behavioral development of violence. Understanding the progression of violent and nonviolent criminal activity remains a matter of theoretical debate. This study built on the well-established approach of group-based trajectory modeling in criminology to assess the extent to which the trajectories of offending were the same or different for violent versus nonviolent criminal offending among a sample of adolescent offenders who were interviewed at four points in time. Figures, tables, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Juvenile crime patterns
Index Term(s): Crime patterns; Crime prediction; Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile offenders; Violence; Violence prediction; Violent juvenile offenders
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