Youth transitions: from offending to desistance

Monica Barry

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    This article examines youth transitions and youth offending in tandem. It argues that the transition to adulthood is heavily implicated in the fact that most offending occurs in the youth phase. Drawing on a study of 20 male and 20 female persistent young offenders in Scotland, it explores young people's desire for integration with others in the transition phases - with their families in childhood, with their friends in youth and with the wider society in adulthood. During the youth phase, much of that integration comes from offending itself, whereas when more legitimate opportunities and sources of recognition are offered to them in early adulthood, desistance is more likely to occur.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)121-136
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Youth Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


    • crime
    • gender
    • transition
    • young adulthood
    • desistance

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