Do Social Bonds Matter for Emerging Adults?

Christopher Salvatore, Travis A. Taniguchi

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The extent to which social bonds and turning points influence criminal activity has been the focus of much empirical research. However, there have been few empirical studies exploring social bonds and turning points and offending for those who have experienced emerging adulthood, a recently identified stage of the life course. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health we examined if indicators of social bonds and turning points were predictors of criminal offending. Several of the turning points and social bonds included in these analyses were found to influence decreases in criminal offending for a cohort of emerging adults. We extend previous research by examining the influence of social bonds and turning points on patterns of criminal offending during emerging adulthood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)738-756
Number of pages19
JournalDeviant Behavior
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012


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