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Take My License n' All That Jive, I Can't See ... 35: Little Hope for the Future Encourages Offending Over Time

NCJ Number
Justice Quarterly Volume: 33 Issue: 1 Dated: January 2016 Pages: 73-99
Date Published
January 2016
27 pages
Using data from a large sample of serious youthful offenders from two urban cities who were followed for 7 years, the current study addressed limitations in the few studies that have concluded that persons who perceive they will die at an early age have a higher risk of offending.
These studies are limited by the use of general population samples, cross-sectional data, and the failure to consider both the determinants of perceived age-at-death, as well as some of the mediating processes associated with the relationship between perceived age-at-death and offending. Results of the current study indicate that gender, race/ethnicity, and adverse neighborhood conditions influence the perceived age-at-death; this perception distinguishes between distinct trajectories of offending, and such perceptions also influence both perceived risks and perceived rewards as well as one's impulse control. (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2016