The Differential Impact of Various Life Events on Later Criminal Behavior

Leana A. Bouffard, North Dakota State University

Life course theory points to the potential for different life events to serve as turning points in a person's life. This perspective is relevant in determining the factors that promote desistance from crime. This study examines the impact of various life events (first employment, marriage, and military service) on desistance from criminal behavior. Analyses focus on three cohorts: Shannon's 1942 and 1949 birth cohort data from Racine, Wisconsin and Wolfgang's 1945 birth cohort data from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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