The impact of changes in family situations on persistence and desistance from crime

Delphine Theobald, David P. Farrington, Alex R. Piquero

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This chapter emphasizes the significance of the family environment in the onset, persistence, and desistance from offending. Consequently, family effects have been empirically examined in the criminological literature for several decades, with the most recent attention devoted to the effects of marriage on patterns of desistance. This chapter reviews the literature on the effects of getting married but also considers the relatively limited evidence on the effects of cohabitation. Next, the chapter considers the evidence on the effects of parenthood and reviews the effect of separation/divorce on offending. Much of the empirical work in this area has studied effects on men, but the relatively limited literature on the effects on women is also reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology
EditorsDavid P. Farrington, Lila Kazemian, Alex R. Piquero
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780190884895
ISBN (Print)9780190201371
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cohabitation
  • Divorce
  • Family effects
  • Family environment
  • Family influences
  • Family situations
  • Marriage
  • Parenthood
  • Separation

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