Title

Changes in Friendship Relations over the Live Course: Implications for Desistance From Crime

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2003

Publication Source

Criminology

Volume

41

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

293-328

DOI

10.1111/j.1745-9125.2003.tb00989.x

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

We analyze life history narratives and structured data derived from a study of serious female and male offenders interviewed when incarcerated as adolescents and followed up thirteen years later. We highlight shifts in the influence of friends and in the nature of friendship choices, and suggest how these changes can facilitate desistance processes. While key events (e.g., marriage) are important to an understanding of such changes, shifts in the actor's perspective and identity are also integral to the process of making successful network realignments. Similarities and differences by gender in the effects of adult social influence processes are also examined.

Keywords

Crime, Juvenile Crime, Female Crime, Cognitive Transformation Theory, delinquency, criminology, social theory, criminal

Disciplines

Family, Life Course, and Society | Gender and Sexuality | Sociology

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