Changes in At‐Risk American Men's Crime and Substance Use Trajectories Following Fatherhood

Journal Name
Journal of Marriage and Family
Journal Volume
73
Journal Issue
5
Page Count
15
Year Published
2011
Author (Individual)
Kerr, D., Capaldi, D., Owen, L., Wiesner, M., & Pears, K.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
Unbound
Resource Language
English

Fatherhood can be a turning point in development and in men's crime and substance use trajectories. At‐risk boys (N = 206) were assessed annually from ages 12 to 31 years. Crime, arrest, and tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use trajectories were examined. Marriage was associated with lower levels of crime and less frequent substance use. Following the birth of a first biological child, men's crime trajectories showed slope decreases, and tobacco and alcohol use trajectories showed level decreases. The older men were when they became fathers, the greater the level decreases were in crime and alcohol use and the less the slope decreases were in tobacco and marijuana use. Patterns are consistent with theories of social control and social timetables.

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