Changing patterns of offending behaviour among young adults

Soothill, Keith and Francis, Brian and Ackerley, Elizabeth and Humphreys, Leslie (2007) Changing patterns of offending behaviour among young adults. NCRM Working Paper. ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. (Unpublished)



This paper focuses on the offending behaviour of different generations. It considers the convictions of six cohorts involving 57,000 young adults aged 16-20 in the early 1970s, the late 1970s, the early 1980s, the late 1980s, the early 1990s and the late 1990s. Using latent class analysis, 16 offence clusters for males and 5 offence clusters for females were identified. For both males and females, the proportions of the population convicted in the 16-20 age group have declined. Among the males, ‘versatile’ clusters are increasing and ‘specialist’ clusters, with some exceptions, are rapidly declining. Among females, the proportions in the versatile cluster have increased appreciably, while the two specialist clusters – relating to violence and shoplifting – have moved in opposite directions.

Item Type:Working Paper (NCRM Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:NCRM Publications
Subjects:1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.20 Secondary Analysis > 1.20.3 Analysis of official statistics
5. Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 5.3 Small Area Estimation
5. Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 5.17 Quantitative Approaches (other)
8. Research Management and Impact > 8.9 Research Management and Impact (other)
ID Code:475
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