Testing Moffitt’s account of adolescence-limited delinquency

Alex R. Piquero, Timothy Brezina

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Much of the research testing Moffitt's taxonomy of antisocial behavior has concentrated on life-course-persistent as opposed to adolescence-limited offending. For Moffitt, adolescence-limited delinquency occurs near puberty as a function of factors endemic to the peer social context of adolescence, including the realization that adolescents are physically mature enough to engage in adult-like behaviors, but are forbidden to engage in such acts because of their biological age. Using data from the Youth-In-Transition survey, we find that adolescence-limited delinquency is characterized by involvement in rebellious but not aggressive delinquency. Further, rebellious delinquency is accounted for by the interaction between early maturity and the autonomy aspects of peer activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-370
Number of pages18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

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