Testing for Differences in Recoveries and Life Course Persistent Adolescents at 14 Years

Tara Renae McGee, The University of Queensland
Paul Mazerolle, Crime and Misconduct Commission

The theoretical positions currently receiving much attention in the criminological literature are those that focus on the developmental trajectories of antisocial, delinquent and criminal behaviour. These theories are turning to factors measured as early as the prenatal period, birth, childhood, and adolescence, to explain adult criminality. Despite the well documented continuity of early onset antisocial behaviour some individuals appear to 'recover' and demonstrate resilience to early risk factors. This research focuses on recovery from the life-course-persistent trajectory as conceptualised in Terrie Moffitt's typology of life-course-persistent and adolescence-limited antisocial behaviour. Data are drawn from the Mater-University Study of Pregnancy and its Outcomes (MUSP). This prospective longitudinal study has data on approximately 5200 mothers and their child spanning from pre-natal period to when the child was 14 years of age. We utilise predictive models to explore the mechanisms that may promote recovery from early risk and examine how these models vary according to gender.

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