Predicting Adult Crime Status from the Severity of the Delinquency Career

  • Paul E. Tracy
  • Kimberly Kempf-Leonard
Part of the The Plenum Series in Crime and Justice book series (PSIC)


In the previous chapter we explored the relationships between the type of offenses that had been committed by the offenders in the 1958 cohort and their influence on the probability of adult crime. We first examined the type of offenses (using dichotomous offense measures) committed by the entire pool of delinquents to determine whether the commission of particular offense types was associated with the likelihood that the delinquent would continue into adult crime. Then in an effort to examine the association between delinquency and the familiar concept of specialization, offense switching, or “versatility in offending”—as it is often labeled, or “offense concentration,” as we have chosen to refer to the phenomenon—we restricted our analyses to the subsample who had committed at least three offenses as juveniles.


Socioeconomic Status Logistic Regression Severity Score Offense Type Average Severity 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul E. Tracy
    • 1
  • Kimberly Kempf-Leonard
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TexasDallasUSA
  2. 2.University of Missouri-St. LouisSt. LouisUSA

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