Methodological Issues in the Study of Persistence in Offending

Alex R. Piquero

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This chapter seeks to provide an overview of the knowledge base regarding persistence in criminal careers. In doing so, the chapter provides an overview of the definitional issues associated with studying persistence, the various theoretical accounts of persistence, estimates of persistence, and methodological approaches to studying persistence. The chapter concludes by outlining a modest agenda for future research on persistence in criminal careers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Development of Persistent Criminality
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199871384
ISBN (Print)9780195310313
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic offending
  • Crime
  • Desistance
  • Life-course criminology
  • Measurement
  • Offending trajectory
  • Persistence

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