Desistance in the Transition to Adulthood: The Roles of Marriage, Military, and Gender Academic Article uri icon


  • Research is needed on desistance from crime comparatively by gender. This research uses a national longitudinal sample of youth transitioning to adulthood. Drawing on Sampson and Laub's Age-Graded Theory of Informal Social Control, social bonds found in marriage and military involvement are examined to determine if they decrease delinquency over time. The results for the full sample revealed that marriage but not military involvement led to desistance. However, gender sub-sample analyses further showed military enlistment led females, but not males, to desist from crime. Implications and future research aims are discussed. 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Deviant Behavior

author list (cited authors)

  • Craig, J., & Foster, H.

citation count

  • 42

complete list of authors

  • Craig, Jessica||Foster, Holly

publication date

  • March 2013