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dc.contributor.authorBellair, Paul E
dc.contributor.authorMcNulty, Thomas L
dc.contributor.authorPiquero, Alex R
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:18:10Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:18:10Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.issn0741-8825
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/07418825.2014.918166
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/66417
dc.description.abstractTheoretical questions linger over the applicability of the verbal ability model to African-Americans and the social control theory hypothesis that educational failure mediates the effect of verbal ability on offending patterns. Accordingly, this paper investigates whether verbal ability distinguishes between offending groups within the context of Moffitt's developmental taxonomy. Questions are addressed with longitudinal data spanning childhood through young-adulthood from an ongoing national panel, and multinomial and hierarchical Poisson models (overdispersed). In multinomial models, low verbal ability predicts membership in a life-course-persistent-oriented group relative to an adolescent-limited-oriented group. Hierarchical models indicate that verbal ability is associated with arrest outcomes among White and African-American subjects, with effects consistently operating through educational attainment (high school dropout). The results support Moffitt's hypothesis that verbal deficits distinguish adolescent-limited- and life-course-persistent-oriented groups within race, as well as the social control model of verbal ability.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherRoutledge
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto26
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJustice Quarterly
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCauses and Prevention of Crime
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCriminology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLaw
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160201
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1602
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1801
dc.titleVerbal Ability and Persistent Offending: A Race-Specific Test of Moffitt’s Theory
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorPiquero, Alex R.


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