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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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2014
Drazdowski, Tess K.,  Jaggi, Lena,  Borre, Alicia,  Kliewer, Wendy L. Use of prescription drugs and future delinquency among adolescent offenders. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.
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2014
Piquero, Alex R.,  Schubert, Carol A.,  Brame, Robert . Comparing official and self-report records of offending across gender and race/ethnicity in a longitudinal study of serious youthful offenders. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 51, (4), 526-556.
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2014
Sullivan, Christopher J.,  Loughran, Thomas . Investigating the functional form of the self-control-delinquency relationship in a sample of serious young offenders. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
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2014
Vaughn, Michael G.,  Salas-Wright, Christopher P.,  Delisi, Matt,  Perron, Brian . Correlates of traumatic brain injury among juvenile offenders: A multi-site study. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health.
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2013
Bersani, Bianca E.,  Loughran, Thomas A.,  Piquero, Alex R. Comparing patterns and predictors of immigrant offending among a sample of adjudicated youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
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2013
Cardwell, Stephanie M. Reckless Reevaluated: Containment Theory and Its Ability to Explain Desistance among Serious Adolescent Offenders. Thesis, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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2013
Chassin, Laurie,  Piquero, Alex R.,  Losoya, Sandra H.,  Mansion, Andre D.,  Schubert, Carol A. Joint consideration of distal and proximal predictors of premature mortality among serious juvenile offenders. Journal of Adolescent Health. 52, (6), 689-696.
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2013
Loughran, Thomas,  Paternoster, Ray,  Piquero, Alex R.,  Fagan, Jeffrey . 'A Good Man Always Knows His Limitations': Overconfidence in Criminal Offending. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 50, (3), 327-358.
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2013
Monahan, Kathryn C.,  Steinberg, Laurence,  Cauffman, Elizabeth . Age differences in the impact of employment on antisocial behavior. Child Development. 84, (3), 791-801.
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