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ERIC Number: EJ793510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 31
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 92
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Predicting Adolescent and Adult Antisocial Behavior among Adjudicated Delinquent Females
Cernkovich, Stephen A.; Lanctot, Nadine; Giordano, Peggy C.
Crime & Delinquency, v54 n1 p3-33 2008
Studies identifying the mechanisms underlying the causes and consequences of antisocial behavior among female delinquents as they transit to adulthood are scarce and have important limitations: Most are based on official statistics, they typically are restricted to normative samples, and rarely do they gather prospective data from samples of high-risk females. By contrast, this research is based on a longitudinal sample of females who were interviewed initially in 1982 (n = 127) when they were institutionalized adolescent offenders, and subsequently as young adults in 1995 (n = 109). Our analyses, focusing on the impact of a variety of family factors derived from social control and strain theory, show that physical and sexual abuse during childhood and adolescence are potent predictors of adult criminality, though not of adolescent delinquency. The implications of the long-term negative impact of childhood and adolescent abuse are discussed, and concrete policy recommendations offered. (Contains 4 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio