Cohabitation, relationship quality, and desistance from crime

Forrest, Walter (2014) Cohabitation, relationship quality, and desistance from crime. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76 3: 539-556. doi:10.1111/jomf.12105

Author Forrest, Walter
Title Cohabitation, relationship quality, and desistance from crime
Journal name Journal of Marriage and Family   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-3737
Publication date 2014-06
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jomf.12105
Open Access Status
Volume 76
Issue 3
Start page 539
End page 556
Total pages 18
Place of publication Malden, MA United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Although the empirical links between marriage and desistance are well established, very little is known about the degree to which cohabitation is associated with changes in criminal behavior. This is a significant oversight given that, among some segments of the population, cohabitation has become more common than marriage. In this article, the author investigated the links between cohabitation and desistance from crime. In doing so, particular attention was paid to the possibility that similarities between the apparent effects of marriage and cohabitation are obscured by variations in relationship quality and the increasing tendency for cohabitation to precede marriage. Analyses based on the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (N = 3,232) indicate that cohabitation is associated with reductions in the rate of property and drug offending, but not the termination of violent, property, or drug offending. By contrast, marriage is consistently associated with large reductions in the rate of offending across the 3 crime categories as well as the abandonment of those crimes. These results provide greater insight into the links between adult family relationships, such as cohabitation and marriage, and desistance from crime.
Keyword Cohabitation
Marital quality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Mon, 09 Mar 2015, 13:52:22 EST by Walter Forrest on behalf of School of Social Science