Understanding Desistance from Crime

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dc.contributor.author Sampson, Robert
dc.contributor.author Laub, John
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-27T16:55:48Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.citation Laub, John H., and Robert J. Sampson. 2001. Understanding desistance from crime. Crime and Justice 28: 1-69 en
dc.identifier.issn 0192-3234 en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3226958
dc.description.abstract The study of desistance from crime is hampered by definitional, measurement, and theoretical incoherence. A unifying framework can distinguish termination of offending from the process of desistance. Termination is the point when criminal activity stops and desistance is the underlying causal process. A small number of factors are sturdy correlates of desistance (e.g., good marriages, stable work, transformation of identity, and aging). The processes of desistance from crime and other forms of problem behavior appear to be similar. Several theoretical frameworks can be employed to explain the process of desistance, including maturation and aging, developmental, life-course, rational choice, and social learning theories. A life-course perspective provides the most compelling framework, and it can be used to identify institutional sources of desistance and the dynamic social processes inherent in stopping crime. en
dc.description.sponsorship Sociology en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher University of Chicago Press en
dc.relation.isversionof http://www.press.uchicago.edu/presssite/metadata.epl?mode=synopsis&bookkey=34093 en
dc.relation.hasversion http://www.jstor.org/stable/1147672 en
dash.license LAA
dc.title Understanding Desistance from Crime en
dc.relation.journal Crime and Justice en
dash.depositing.author Sampson, Robert

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