Positive adjustment in Young Adulthood of Males Who Were Highly Delinquent as Adolescents

Magda Stouthamer-Loeber, University of Pittsburgh
Rolf Loeber, University of Pittsburgh
Ann Masten, University of Minnesota

ABSTRACT
Persistent serious delinquents, as measured in the oldest sample of the Pittsburgh Youth Study between the ages of 13 to 20, are examined from age 21 to 25 to assess the level of delinquency as well as positive behaviors or achievements expected of young adults. The positive behaviors and achievements measured are level of education, work history, and stability of interpersonal relationships. The role of protective factors influencing desistance from serious delinquency is examined. Some of the factors are mentorship, resources, nondeliunquent peers, and change of neighborhood. Although seriousness and persistence of delinquency play an important part in the probability of desistance, factors outside the subject contribute to desistance as well.

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