An empirical framework for studying desistance as a process

Shawn D. Bushway, Alex R. Piquero, Lisa M. Broidy, Elizabeth Cauffman, Paul Mazerolle

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Recent reviews of the desistance literature have advocated studying desistance as a process, yet current empirical methods continue to measure desistance as a discrete state. In this paper, we propose a framework for empirical research that recognizes desistance as a developmental process. This approach focuses on changes in the offending rate rather than on offending itself. We describe a statistical model to implement this approach and provide an empirical example. We conclude with several suggestions for future research endeavors that arise from our conceptualization of desistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-513
Number of pages23
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2001

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Bushway, S. D., Piquero, A. R., Broidy, L. M., Cauffman, E., & Mazerolle, P. (2001). An empirical framework for studying desistance as a process. Criminology, 39(2), 491-513.