Predictors of Offending at a Young Age

Rolf Loeber, University of Pittsburgh
Yanning Yin, University of Pittsburg Medical Center
David Huizinga, University of Colorado, Boulder
Magda Stouthamer-Loeber, University of Pittsburgh
David P. Farrington, University of Cambridge

Very few longitudinal studies have examined pedictors of offending during childhood. These predictors are importrant because onset of offending at a young age, compared to onset at a later age, is associated with more serious offending and a longer delinquency career. The paper present data from the Pittsburgh Youth Study and the Denver Youth Survey for males who started offending prior to age 13. Predictors included are factors linked to the child, family, peer group, school, and neighborhood. The findings are viewed from the point of view how to enhance interventions with very young offenders.

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