Domain: Group Four - Learning and Work Transition
Project: Young People and Jobs: Class, Culture and Connections
Start Date: April 1,
Academic Investigator: Dr. J. Tanner (UT)
This study examined
the long-term impact of delinquency upon education and adult occupational
attachments. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we
measured five forms of delinquency from 1979 when respondents were 14-17 years
old, and investigated whether they predict five different outcomes when those
individuals were aged 25-30.
We found that all
types of delinquency have consistently significant and negative impact on
educational attainment for both males and females, net of status attainment
variables. Delinquency also has a fairly consistent impact on male occupational
outcomes, but has weaker effects on female ones. Overall the data suggests that
delinquency has autonomous and negative effects upon later life chances.
Findings are then discussed in light of links between status attainment models
and theories of crime and delinquency.