Offending, drug abuse and life chances: a longitudinal study of a Stockholm birth cohort
2014 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, Vol. 15, no 2, 128-142 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
There are many factors, both empirical and theoretical, which indicate that drug abuse can play an important role in explaining the links between criminality and life chances when viewed from a life-course perspective. In this article, we examine the links between crime and drug abuse and social inclusion and exclusion in adult life, and look at whether there are gender-specific patterns in these regards. The Stockholm Birth Cohort database allows us to follow a birth cohort born in 1953 to age 56. The results show that drug abuse is central both to processes of continuity in and desistance from crime and to life chances in adulthood. For the adult outcomes that relate to work and health, we also note a tendency towards polarization; the size of both the relative and the absolute differences between the comparison group and offenders with registered drug abuse increases over time. The same general pattern can be seen for males and females.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 15, no 2, 128-142 p.
life course, social exclusion, substance abuse, crime, Stockholm birth Cohort study, Sweden
Research subject Criminology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108163DOI: 10.1080/14043858.2014.939452OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-108163DiVA: diva2:754882
ProjectsTowards inclusion or exclusion? A life-course study of criminal men and women
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2011-2206