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Research on Pathways to Desistance Series

The Pathways to Desistance study is a multi-site, longitudinal study of serious adolescent offenders as they transition from adolescence into early adulthood. Between November, 2000 and January, 2003, 1,354 adjudicated youths from the juvenile and adult court systems in Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona (N = 654) and Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (N = 700) were enrolled into the study.

The enrolled youth were at least 14 years old and under 18 years old at the time of their committing offense and were found guilty of a serious offense (predominantly felonies, with a few exceptions for some misdemeanor property offenses, sexual assault, or weapons offenses).

Each study participant was followed for a period of seven years past enrollment, with the end result a comprehensive picture of life changes in a wide array of areas over the course of this time.

The study sought to inform the ongoing debate in the juvenile justice system regarding the treatment and processing of serious adolescent offenders. The larger aim of the Pathways series is to improve decision-making by court and social service personnel and to clarify policy debates about alternatives for serious adolescent offenders.

Additional datasets from the Pathways study will be released during 2013. These datasets will include official records information (e.g. re-arrest, placement), and monthly life-calendar data on a range of topics (e.g. school, work). These additional datasets will not be publicly available, but rather made available through ICPSR's restricted data access system.

For more information, please visit the Research on Pathways to Desistance web site.

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Most Recent Publications

2016
Augustyn, Megan Bears . Updating judgments of procedural injustice: Exploring the 'how?'. American Society for Research on Adolescence. Baltimore, MD.
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2016
Augustyn, Megan Bears . Updating perceptions of (in)justice. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 53, (2), 255-286.
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2016
Baskin-Sommers, Arielle R.,  Casados, Ava T.,  Crossman, Molly K.,  Baskin, Deborah R.,  Sommers, Ira,  Javdani, Shabnam . The impact of psychopathology, race, and environmental context on violent offending in a male adolescent sample. Personality Disorders.
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2016
Baskin-Sommers, Arielle,  Baskin, D. Psychopathic traits mediate the relationship between exposure to violence and violent juvenile offending. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.
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2016
DeLisi, Matt,  Piquero, Alex R.,  Cardwell, Stephanie M. The unpredictability of murder: Juvenile homicide in the Pathways to Desistance Study. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. 14, (1), 26-42.
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2016
Mulvey, Edward P.,  Schubert, Carol A.,  Pitzer, Lindsey,  Hawes, Samuel,  Piquero, Alex,  Cardwell, Stephanie . An examination of change in dynamic risk of offending over time among serious juvenile offenders. Journal of Criminal Justice. 45, 48-53.
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2016
Na, Chongmin . The consequences of fatherhood transition among disadvantaged male offenders: Does timing matter?. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. 2, (2), 182-208.
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2016
Ozkan, Turgut . Reoffending among serious juvenile offenders: A developmental perspective. Journal of Criminal Justice. 46, 18-31.
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