This research presents an application of Sampson and Laub's theory of age-graded informal social control in a national environment in which the structural and cultural contexts of work and family are radically different from the United States, where the theory was developed. Focused on a sample of Finnish recidivists, the study examines the role of work, parenthood, marriage and cohabitation in the process of criminal desistance. The study finds empirical support for the basic assumptions of the theory as well as the general contention that the restraining capacity of adult life course transitions is sensitive to the cultural context in which they are embedded.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Social Psychology
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)