The Implications for Desistance of the Developmental Course of Childhood Aggressive Behavior

dc.contributor.advisorPetras, Hannoen_US
dc.contributor.authorBacon, Sarah Nicholsonen_US
dc.contributor.departmentCriminology and Criminal Justiceen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.description.abstractOne of the most important goals for criminological research is to further our understanding of the concept of desistance. Challenges in defining and measuring desistance have been exacerbated by the lack of theoretical foundations to guide inquiry and empirical research. To date, only a few predictors have been empirically identified, and all of them are exclusively relevant to adulthood. An important objective for desistance research, then, is to identify factors associated with earlier desistance. This research endeavors to meet this objective by specifying a conceptual model relating the developmental course of early childhood aggression to offending behavior during adolescence and early adulthood. The relationships proposed by the conceptual model are assessed using a longitudinal measure of aggression and analytic techniques designed to assess change in development over time. An additional extension of existing research is the comparison of these relationships for boys and girls. Data come from Johns Hopkins University's Prevention Intervention Research Center's school-based interventions trials in Baltimore City Schools. Participants comprise an epidemiologically defined sample of urban, primarily African-American, first grade boys and girls. Results suggest that some pathways to desistance may be identified before adulthood, thus supporting the notion that examinations of early development have utility for informing our understanding of later processes.en_US
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dc.subject.pqcontrolledSociology, Criminology and Penologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledSociology, Theory and Methodsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolleddevelopment of aggressionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledjuvenile offendingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledlongitudinal methodsen_US
dc.titleThe Implications for Desistance of the Developmental Course of Childhood Aggressive Behavioren_US


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