Program of Research on the Causes and Correlates of Delinquency Series

The Program of Research on the Causes and Correlates of Delinquency was initiated by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in 1986 in an effort to learn more about the root causes of juvenile delinquency and other problem behaviors. The program comprises three coordinated longitudinal studies: Denver Youth Survey, Pittsburgh Youth Study and Rochester Youth Development Study. The three Causes and Correlates projects used a similar research design. All of the projects were longitudinal investigations involving repeated contacts with youth during a substantial portion of their developmental years.

Researchers conducted regular face-to-face interviews with inner-city youth considered at high-risk for involvement in delinquency and drug abuse. Multiple perspectives on each child's development and behavior were obtained through interviews with the child's primary caretaker and, in two sites, school teachers. Administrative data from official agencies, including police, schools and social services was also collected.

The three research teams worked together to ensure that certain core measures were identical across the sites, including self-reported delinquency and drug use; community and neighborhood characteristics; youth, family and peer variables; and arrest and judicial processing histories.

NACJD is developing a resource guide on the Causes and Correlates of Delinquency Data. It will be available soon.

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Most Recent Publications

2017
Dong, Beidi,  Krohn, Marvin D. The protective effects of family support on the relationship between official intervention and general delinquency across the life course. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. 3, (1), 39-61.
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2016
Ahonen, Lia,  Loeber, Rolf,  Pardini, Dustin . The prediction of young homicide and violent offenders. Justice Quarterly. 33, (7), 1265-1291.
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2016
Bushway, Shawn,  Weisburd, David . Quantitative Methods in Criminology. New York, NY: Routledge.
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2016
Dong, Beidi,  Krohn, Marvin D. Dual trajectories of gang affiliation and delinquent peer association during adolescence: An examination of long-term offending outcomes. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 45, 746-762.
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2016
Dong, Beidi,  Marvin D. Krohn . Escape from violence: What reduces the enduring consequences of adolescent gang affiliation?. Journal of Criminal Justice. 47, 41-50.
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2016
Greenman, Sarah J.,  Matsuda, Mauri . From early dating violence to adult intimate partner violence: Continuity and sources of resilience in adulthood. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health. 26, (4), 293-303.
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2016
Krohn, Marvin D.,  Loughran, Thomas A.,  Thornberry, Terence P.,  Jang, Daniel W.,  Freeman-Gallant, Adrienne,  Castro, Erin D. Explaining adolescent drug use in adjacent generations: Testing the generality of theoretical explanations. Journal of Drug Issues.
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2016
Pezzella, Frank S.,  Thornberry, Terence P.,  Smith, Carolyn A. Race socialization and parenting styles: Links to delinquency for African American and white adolescents. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. 14, (4), 448-467.
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2016
Thornberry, Terence P. Three-generation studies: Methodological challenges and promise. Handbook of the Life Course. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
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2016
Thornberry, Terence P.,  Krohn, Marvin D.,  Augustyn, Megan B.,  Buchanan, Molly,  Greenman, Sarah J. The impact of adolescent risk behavior on partner relationships. Advances in Life Course Research. 28, 6-21.
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