Exploration and explanation of adolescent self-reported delinquency trajectories in the Crimoc study

Authored by: Daniel Seddig , Jost Reinecke

The Routledge International Handbook of Life-Course Criminology

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138813663
eBook ISBN: 9781315747996
Adobe ISBN: 9781317603016


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This chapter provides an overview of the key findings on the exploration and explanation of self-reported delinquency trajectories in the German prospective panel study Crime in the modern city (Crimoc). First, after an introductory section, the study is outlined with regard to design, theoretical framework and assumptions regarding the explanation and courses of delinquent behaviour during adolescence. Second, the study’s socio-demographic and penal circumstances are considered. Third, basic information and descriptive statistics for the panel data and measures used in the current analysis will be outlined. Fourth, the statistical methods to explore and explain distinct trajectories of self-reported delinquency are briefly discussed. Finally, the presentation of the results is divided in two parts: First, the basic pattern of delinquent trajectories during adolescence and young adulthood is described on the basis of a latent class growth analysis (LCGA; group-based model). Second, patterns of theoretically relevant variables representing social values, social bonds and attitudes towards delinquency are used to explain membership in a particular class of offenders. Finally, the results are discussed and commented with regard to practical and prognostic work as well as future research.

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