The Transition to Adulthood and the Ambivalence of Desistance
In: The Routledge International Handbook of Life-Course Criminology, eds. Arjan Blokland & Victor van der Geest, pp. 324—341. London: Routledge.
The Routledge International Handbook of Life-Course Criminology provides an authoritative collection of international theoretical and empirical research into the way that criminal behavior develops over the life-span, which causal mechanisms are involved in shaping this development, and to what degree criminal justice interventions are successful in redirecting offenders’ criminal trajectories. Drawing upon qualitative and quantitative research this handbook covers theory, describes and compares criminal career patterns across different countries, tests current explanations of criminal development, and using cutting-edge methods, assesses the intended and unintended effects of formal interventions.