Theory and Research on Desistance from Antisocial Activity among Serious Adolescent Offenders

Edward P. Mulvey, Laurence Steinberg, Jeffrey Fagan, Elizabeth Cauffman, Alex R. Piquero, Laurie Chassin, George P. Knight, Robert Brame, Carol A. Schubert, Thomas Hecker, Sandra H. Losoya

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Improving juvenile court decision making requires information about how serious adolescent offenders desist from antisocial activity. A systematic research agenda on this topic requires consideration of several processes, including normative development in late adolescence, what constitutes desistance, and the factors likely to promote the end of involvement in antisocial behavior and successful adjustment in early adulthood. This article presents an overview of the major points to consider in pursuing this research agenda.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-236
Number of pages24
JournalYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • desistance from crime
  • juvenile delinquency careers
  • stopping antisocial behavior

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