The Adolescent Drug-Crime Relationship: Desistence and Gateway Theories across User Levels

The Adolescent Drug-Crime Relationship: Desistence and Gateway Theories across User Levels
Scott W. Whiteford
January 2007

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-192-5 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  8.6 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches / xiv, 198 pages

Price   $62.00

Description

Whiteford examines adolescent drug use and its relationship to self-report crime, criminal arrests, and criminal versatility. He demonstrates five distinct and mutually exclusive drug use groups, including three different types of heavy drug user. Significant differences were found among the clusters when regressed on age, gender, income subsidies, and race and when used as predictors of the three measures of crime. Whiteford also demonstrates support for both the gateway hypothesis and the life course perspective because life-course-persistent youths were more likely to begin drug use earlier, and cease use later, than adolescent-limited youths.

About the Author

Scott W. Whiteford received his B.A. from Luther College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with emphases in criminology and quantitative methods. He works for Talent Plus as a research analyst studying successful leaders and their behavioral characteristics. Currently, he resides in Portland, Oregon.