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Youth transitions: from offending to desistance

Youth transitions: from offending to desistance This article examines youth transitions and youth offending in tandem. It argues that the transition to adulthood is heavily implicated in the fact that most offending occurs in the youth phase. Drawing on a study of 20 male and 20 female persistent young offenders in Scotland, it explores young people's desire for integration with others in the transition phases – with their families in childhood, with their friends in youth, and with the wider society in adulthood. During the youth phase, much of that integration comes from offending itself, whereas when more legitimate opportunities and sources of recognition are offered to them in early adulthood, desistance is more likely to occur. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Youth Studies Taylor & Francis

Youth transitions: from offending to desistance

Journal of Youth Studies , Volume 13 (1): 16 – Feb 1, 2010
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1469-9680
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1367-6261
DOI
10.1080/13676260903233712
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Abstract

This article examines youth transitions and youth offending in tandem. It argues that the transition to adulthood is heavily implicated in the fact that most offending occurs in the youth phase. Drawing on a study of 20 male and 20 female persistent young offenders in Scotland, it explores young people's desire for integration with others in the transition phases – with their families in childhood, with their friends in youth, and with the wider society in adulthood. During the youth phase, much of that integration comes from offending itself, whereas when more legitimate opportunities and sources of recognition are offered to them in early adulthood, desistance is more likely to occur.

Journal

Journal of Youth StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Feb 1, 2010

Keywords: crime; gender; transition; young adulthood

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