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Title: Delinquent Careers - A Test of the Career Escalation Model
Journal: Criminology  Volume:20  Issue:1  Dated:(May 1982)  Pages:5-28
Author(s): D G Rojek; M L Erickson
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 79-JN-AX-0026
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In the treatment of status offenders, the espousal of a medicaltherapeutic model has led to the development of diversion programs designed to offset a progressive career escalation from petty to serious delinquent acts. Using the offense histories of 1200 juveniles, transition probabilities were created to test for offense specialization and offense escalation.
Abstract: Controlling for age, sex, and race or ethnicity, the career transition configurations were reflective of homogeneous, number-independent Markov processes. The implications of these findings run counter to many popular assumptions of delinquency causation and treatment and challenge the basic tenets of many status offender programs. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Juvenile status offenders; Medical model of offender treatment
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