Delinquency For This Group Of Offenders Sharply And Early Adulthood

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Delinquency for this group of offenders sharply decreases in early adulthood, between the ages of 20-29 (Moffitt 1993). Moffitt (1993) argues that adolescence limited offenders become delinquent in order to achieve more mature social status. Social maturity is mainly defined by adolescents’ level of independence and social responsibility. Adolescents who are allowed to assume adult roles (e.g., working outside of the home) and who are given the privileges and responsibilities associated with adulthood typically get more respect from society (Carriaga, 2013). However, because adolescents are still mainly dependent on their parents, adolescents are still considered children by most in society, leaving them somewhere between childhood and adulthood (Carriaga, 2013).

Adolescents may initially pursue more pro-social opportunities for achieving social maturity (e.g., getting a job), however research suggests that adolescent employment provides exposure to older, delinquent peers and therefore, added opportunity for delinquency (Carriaga, 2013). The reward for engaging in delinquent behavior is mature social status, while the consequences are power and privilege (Moffitt 1993).

In general, adolescence limited offenders are more inclined to engage in minor status offenses than violent crimes and they are more likely to offend in groups (Piquero and Brezina 2001; Piquero and Moffitt 2005; Barnes and Beaver 2010 as cited in Carriaga, 2013). With respect to convictions, lower…

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