On the Relationship Between Age, Age-at-Onset, and Offending in Early Adulthood

Alex R. Piquero, University of Florida
Sarah Eilers, University of Toronto

Although much is known about aggregate and individual level patterns of criminal behavior over the life course, littel research has explored the inter-relationships between age, ate-at-onset, and offending. In this study, we build upon Loeber and Snyder's examination of offense frequency during the teenabe years in several ways. First, we examine early adulthood patterns of offending. Second, we explore whether these variations vary across violent and non-violent crime types. Third, we examine these issues across race. To study these questions, we employ data on several hundred serious offenders paroled from the California Youth Authority and followed for seven consecutive years post-parole.

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