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Exploring Paradigms of Crime Reduction: An Empirical Longitudinal Study


Keith Soothill


Lancaster University

Mogens N. Christoffersen


affiliation not provided to SSRN

M. Azhar Hussain


University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

Brian Francis


Lancaster University

March 2010

The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 50, Issue 2, pp. 222-238, 2010

Abstract:     
Using Danish registers for a 1980 birth cohort of 29,944 males with parental information and following up these cases for 25 years, the study considers four paradigms of crime reduction (parental child rearing, structural factors around adolescence, locality and individual resources). Focusing on offenders with first-time convictions for shoplifting (n = 1,989), for burglary (n = 1,324) and for violence (n = 1,901), all four paradigms made a contribution to risk of first-time offending for all three crimes. The counter-factual analysis indicated that a focus on structural issues within a society may have more widespread benefits, but the assumed causal links need to be further explored. The use of population registers, under controlled conditions, provides an important window on criminal careers.

Keywords: theory testing, crime recruitment, risk of first offending, parental factors, locality

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Date posted: February 15, 2010  

Suggested Citation

Soothill, Keith and Christoffersen, Mogens N. and Hussain, M. Azhar and Francis, Brian, Exploring Paradigms of Crime Reduction: An Empirical Longitudinal Study (March 2010). The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 50, Issue 2, pp. 222-238, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1551684 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azp076

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Keith Soothill (Contact Author)
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YF
United Kingdom
Mogens N. Christoffersen
affiliation not provided to SSRN
No Address Available
M. Azhar Hussain
University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )
Copenhagen University Library
Licenssekretariatet Nørre Alle 49
DK-2200 Copenhagen N.
Denmark
Brian Francis
Lancaster University ( email )
Lancaster LA1 4YX
United Kingdom
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