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The Development of Persistent Criminality$
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Joanne Savage

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310313.001.0001

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The Implications of Family Poverty for a Pattern of Persistent Offending

The Implications of Family Poverty for a Pattern of Persistent Offending

(p.54) CHAPTER 3 The Implications of Family Poverty for a Pattern of Persistent Offending
The Development of Persistent Criminality

Carter Hay

Walter Forrest

Oxford University Press

The effect of family poverty on individual involvement in crime has long been an important issue in criminological research. A limitation in much of this research involves the tendency of examining the poverty-crime relationship in a static, cross-sectional way. This chapter addresses this limitation by considering how poverty early in life affects the likelihood that a child will fit a life-course-persistent pattern of criminality in which levels of antisocial or criminal behavior emerge early in childhood and continue beyond adolescence. This issue is considered with data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a three-wave panel study of U.S. adolescents and their families.

Keywords:   poverty, chronic offending, strain theory, life-course criminology, crime

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