Journal of Quantitative Criminology

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 149–174 | Cite as

Temporal Linkages in Violent and Nonviolent Criminal Activity

  • Robert Brame
  • Shawn D. Bushway
  • Raymond Paternoster
  • Terence P. Thornberry


Research on the temporal distribution of criminal behavior has highlighted two distinct mechanisms—population heterogeneity and state dependence. Most of this work indicates that long-term patterns of criminal offending reflect a mixture of stable individual differences and the causal effect of life events and experiences. Yet several ambiguities remain. Among the most important of these problems is whether both population heterogeneity and state dependence processes operate for different types of offending. We use longitudinal official record and self-report data for violent and non-violent offending activity from the Rochester Youth Development Study to address these ambiguities.


longitudinal data developmental criminology dynamic models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Brame
    • 1
  • Shawn D. Bushway
    • 2
  • Raymond Paternoster
    • 2
  • Terence P. Thornberry
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Criminology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Criminology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of MarylandUSA
  3. 3.Institute of Behavioral Science and Department of SociologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulder

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