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Does Future Orientation Moderate the Relationship Between Impulse Control and Offending? Insights From a Sample of Serious Young Offenders

NCJ Number
Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice Dated: 2019
Date Published
12 pages
Since researchers have recently begun to examine motivational factors as moderators of the relationship between self-control and offending behavior, the current study extended prior work by investigating whether three aspects of future orientation (aspirations, expectations, and the use of future-oriented cognitive and behavioral strategies) play such a role.

Drawing on 7 years of data from the Pathways to Desistance study (N = 1,333), this study used hybrid effects negative binomial regression models to assess how within-individual changes in future orientation and impulse control are independently and jointly related to the offending variety of serious young offenders. Although impulse control and three components of future orientation had significant main effects on offending, no interaction between these components emerged in the results. Implications for future research are discussed. 84 references (publisher abstract modified) 25577

Date Published: January 1, 2019