ERIC Number: EJ941236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Changes in At-Risk American Men's Crime and Substance Use Trajectories following Fatherhood
Kerr, David C. R.; Capaldi, Deborah M.; Owen, Lee D.; Wiesner, Margit; Pears, Katherine C.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v73 n5 p1101-1116 Oct 2011
Fatherhood can be a turning point in development and in men's crime and substance use trajectories. At-risk boys (N = 206) were assessed annually from ages 12 to 31 years. Crime, arrest, and tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use trajectories were examined. Marriage was associated with lower levels of crime and less frequent substance use. Following the birth of a first biological child, men's crime trajectories showed slope decreases, and tobacco and alcohol use trajectories showed level decreases. The older men were when they became fathers, the greater the level decreases were in crime and alcohol use and the less the slope decreases were in tobacco and marijuana use. Patterns are consistent with theories of social control and social timetables.
Descriptors: Crime, Smoking, Marijuana, Social Control, Drinking, Males, At Risk Persons, Substance Abuse, Marriage, Correlation, Birth, Age Differences, Law Enforcement
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