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ERIC Number: EJ1045930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: EISSN-1940-1639
Postcollege Criminal Convictions: A Comparison of Greek, Athlete, and Other Student Offending
Thompson, Kevin; Hein, Ella
Journal of College and Character, v15 n4 p235-244 Nov 2014
This article examines postcollege criminal convictions among students who recorded a substance use-related arrest while attending college from 1996-99. Specifically, this study assesses whether Greek or athletic membership offered protective or elevated odds of a conviction over the next 14-17 years, relative to non-Greeks and non-athletes. The data show that one-third of these 1,075 students were convicted of another crime following college. One-fifth of these former students were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). Data show that being male, being arrested during the first year, and being arrested for a DUI increased the odds of a postcollege conviction. Athletic membership while in school reduced the odds of a subsequent conviction for all crime, but the three groups did not differ in postcollege substance use-related convictions. The authors suggest some strategies for deterring future criminal involvement through earlier intervention while students are still attending college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota; North Dakota