Project Overview

Edward P. Mulvey, University of Pittsburgh

Recent debate in the juvenile justice system has focused on what to do about serious adolescent offenders. This debate is occurring, however, with little data on either a) the patterns of desistance or escalation among serious adolescent offenders or b) the effects of interventions or sanctions on trajectories of offending in late adolescence. While we have considerable knowledge about the factors related to the onset of delinquency, we know surprisingly little about the changes that promote positive transitions to adulthood for adolescents with histories of offending. The present study is an effort to provide information about the pathways out of juvenile justice involvement and the role of development, social context, sanctions, and program involvement in promoting positive adjustment to young adulthood.

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Updated 05/20/2006