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Age, period, cohort, and offending
Policy and Theory in Criminal Justice: Contributions in Honour of Leslie T. Wilkins
Studies on age and crime began with Wilkins, who proposed the concept of delinquent generations. Although subsequent research has disproved Wilkins's hypothesis, more recent work showing that the prevalence of crime reaches a peak in the teenage years has generated policy discussions regarding crime prevention. One such study was the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development, a longitudinal survey of 411 males from a working-class area of London who were interviewed 8 times from ages 8 through 32. Results showed that offending rates peaked at ages 16-18 and decreased to one-fourth of the peak level by age 32. Findings also showed that those who were more deviant at 18 were still relatively more deviant at age 32. Results indicated the need for efforts before the teenage years to prevent the onset of offending and after the teenage years to promote desistance. Tables, notes, and 57 references source
Wilkins, Leslie T.; Gottfredson, Don M.; Clarke, R.V.G.
Avebury Publishing Co.
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