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The Development of Persistent Criminality$
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Joanne Savage

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310313.001.0001

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Foster Care Youth: Aging Out of Care to Criminal Activities

Foster Care Youth: Aging Out of Care to Criminal Activities

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(p.231) CHAPTER 11 Foster Care Youth: Aging Out of Care to Criminal Activities
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The Development of Persistent Criminality
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Mary Ann Davis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310313.003.0011

A small portion of youth, approximately 20,000 per year, reach the age of majority while in foster care. This chapter explores the issues affecting criminal persistence in this vulnerable population. Although these individuals are expected to function independently, they are at an elevated risk for persistent offending due to factors such as education, employment, income, attachment, and environment. In this chapter, foster care and the process of transition to independent living are first described. Then an examination of the life course, capital and ecological models of persistent offending among foster care youth is presented. Finally, research on the association between foster care and persistent criminality is described and avenues for future research are suggested.

Keywords:   foster care, crime, chronic offending, life-course criminology, capital model, attachment, child development

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