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Lara DePadilla, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA Email: ldepadi@emory.edu

We thank the field staff and the study participants.

We would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments.


Research Funding:

This research was supported by NIDA (R01DA009819-08 and R01DA10642).

Adult Criminal Involvement: A Cross-Sectional Inquiry Into Correlates and Mechanisms Over the Life Course


Journal Title:

Criminal Justice Review


Volume 37, Number 1


, Pages 110-126

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review


In this article, the authors examine the relative contribution of four domains of predictors that have been linked to adult criminal involvement: (a) sociodemographic characteristics, (b) family-of-origin factors, (c) proximal processes developed during adolescence, and (d) current lifestyle and situational factors. Cross-sectional data were collected through face-to-face interviews with 242 community-recruited adults. Data analysis involved negative binomial regression. Being male, family size, juvenile delinquency, aggression, living with someone involved in illegal activity, and recent violent victimization were independently associated with nonviolent criminal involvement. Aggression, association with deviant peers, and recent violent victimization were independently associated with violent criminal involvement. Juvenile delinquency and aggression mediated the affect of multiple family-of-origin characteristics on nonviolent criminal involvement and aggression mediated the effect of childhood physical abuse on violent criminal involvement. The results emphasize the importance of investigating both antecedents and proximal risk factors predictive of different types of criminal involvement, which, in turn, will assist in developing risk-focused prevention and intervention programs.

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© Georgia State University, College of Health and Human Sciences 2011.

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