Mortgaging Futures: Social Support and Life-Course Outcomes

David E. Carter, University of Cincinnati
Lisa M. McCartan, University of Cincinnati

ABSTRACT
The utility of parental social support in the etiology of offending has been well supported within the criminological literature. Thus far, the research indicates that the more parental support available to the child, the lower the likelihood of the child engaging in delinquent behaviors. However, the impact of parent social support over life course has been left largely unexamined. Using data from the National Youth Survey (NYS), we examine the relationship between parental support, and later life outcomes, such as education and socioeconomic status attainment. With appropriate controls for the demographic characteristics of the sample and environmental influences, we further examine the possibility that changes in parental social support will affect the direction of offending trajectories.

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