Please direct all correspondence to Elaine Eggleston Doherty, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 624 N. Broadway, Room 895, Baltimore, MD 21205. A preliminary version of this paper was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Criminology in Toronto, Canada, 2005. I want to extend a special thanks to John Laub for his continued guidance on this research. I also want to thank Rob Sampson for his support and advice and Shawn Bushway, Denise Gottfredson, Gary LaFree, Joan Kahn, and three anonymous reviewers for their comments and suggestions on this research.
SELF-CONTROL, SOCIAL BONDS, AND DESISTANCE: A TEST OF LIFE-COURSE INTERDEPENDENCE
Article first published online: 11 DEC 2006
Volume 44, Issue 4, pages 807–833, November 2006
How to Cite
DOHERTY, E. E. (2006), SELF-CONTROL, SOCIAL BONDS, AND DESISTANCE: A TEST OF LIFE-COURSE INTERDEPENDENCE. Criminology, 44: 807–833. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2006.00064.x
- Issue published online: 11 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 11 DEC 2006
- criminal propensity;
- social integration;
- life course
Theoretical debates and empirical tests on the explanation of stability and change in offending over time have been ongoing for over a decade pitting Gottfredson and Hirschi's (1990) criminal propensity model against Sampson and Laub's (1993) life-course model of informal social control. In 2001, Wright and his colleagues found evidence of a moderating relationship between criminal propensity, operationalized as self-control, and prosocial ties on crime, a relationship they term life-course interdependence. The current study extends their research by focusing on this moderating relationship and the developmental process of desistance from crime among serious juvenile delinquents. Contrary to the life-course interdependence hypothesis, the results indicate that whereas self-control and social bonds are strongly related to desistance from crime, there is no evidence of a moderating relationship between these two factors on desistance among this sample. The implications of this research for life-course theories of crime, future research, and policies regarding desistance are discussed.