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

2017
Augustyn, Megan B.,  Loughran, Thomas A. Juvenile waiver as a mechanism of social stratification: A focus on human capital. Criminology.
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2017
Brooks, Merrian J.,  Abebe, Kaleab,  Miller, Elizabeth,  Mulvey, Edward P. The longitudinal relationship between future orientation and substance use among youth with serious criminal offenses. Journal of Adolescent Health. 60, (2), 11
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2017
Chouhy, Cecilia,  Hochstetler, Spencer T.,  Cullen, Francis T. Social concern and delinquency: An empirical assessment of a novel theory. Deviant Behavior. 38, (1), 94-117.
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2017
Davis, Jordan P.,  Dumas, Tara M.,  Berey, Benjamin L.,  Merrin, Gabriel J.,  Cimpian, Joseph R.,  Roberts, Brent W. Effect of victimization on impulse control and binge drinking among serious juvenile offenders from adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 46, (7), 1515-1532.
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2017
Lee, JoAnn S. Longitudinal patterns and predictors of secure placement among serious adolescent offenders. Society for Social Work and Research Twenty-first Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
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2017
Nguyen, Holly,  Loughran, Thomas A.,  Paternoster, Ray,  Fagen, Jeffrey,  Piquero, Alex R. Institutional placement and illegal earnings: Examining the crime school hypothesis. Journal of Quantitative Criminology. 33, (2), 207-235.
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2017
Pyrooz, David C.,  Gartner, Nancy,  Smith, Molly . Consequences of incarceration for gang membership: A longitudinal study of serious offenders in Philadelphia and Phoenix. Criminology.
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2017
Rowan, Zachary R.,  McGloin, Jean M.,  Nguyen, Holly . Capitalizing on criminal accomplices: Considering the relationship between co-offending and illegal earnings. Justice Quarterly.
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2017
Schell, Christopher G. Mental Health Issues and Recidivism Among Male, System Involved Youth. Kent State University.
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