The Adult Offending and School Dropout Nexus:  A Life Course Analysis

The Adult Offending and School Dropout Nexus: A Life Course Analysis
Weiwei Liu
February 2013

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-520-6 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / xxiv, 232 pages

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Liu establishes that high school graduation operates as a turning point in late adolescence in redirecting individuals’ adult offending trajectories. High school graduation is individually experienced and especially beneficial to those at high risk of dropping out. It also redirects adult offending trajectories by opening opportunities for experiencing adulthood turning point such as employment and romantic relationships. Liu’s work provides empirical support for life course criminology and expands our knowledge about turning points by emphasizing that these events may occur at different stages of life (and not only in adulthood) and that the occurrence of turning points is systematically related and does not occur randomly.

About the Author

Upon receiving her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, Weiwei Liu joined the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a NIH funded Postdoctoral Fellow in Prevention Science. Her research mainly focuses on understanding the developmental vulnerability of risky and criminal behavior throughout the life course, and the evaluation of preventive interventions using experimental designs.

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