How well do the adolescent risk factors predict re-arrest frequency across race/ethnicity among serious adolescent offenders?

Alex R. Piquero, Stephanie M. Cardwell, Nicole Leeper Piquero, Wesley G. Jennings, Jennifer M. Reingle Gonzalez

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The field of criminology has devoted considerable time and attention to assessing the main risk factors associated with delinquency and criminal behavior. This line of research consistently documents that certain individual, familial, and situational risk factors are related to offending especially in adolescence. At the same time, there are two limitations to this line of work. The first is that most studies do not consider the extent to which these relationships hold across demographic groups, especially with respect to race/ethnicity. The second has been the reliance on general population/non-offender-based samples. This study aims to fill these two gaps. Using longitudinal data from the Pathways to Desistance, a study of serious adolescent offenders processed in two juvenile court systems, we investigate the extent to which a wide array risk factors relate to the frequency of re-arrests in a seven year follow-up across white, black, and Hispanic offenders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-209
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Crime and Justice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • longitudinal
  • Pathways to Desistance
  • race
  • serious offenders

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