Turning points and returning points: Understanding the role of family ties in the process of desistance

José Cid, Joel Martí

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Abstract

The objective of this article is to identify the interpersonal factors that explain narratives of desistance among offenders who have been sentenced to prison. Through narrative interviews, we have studied a purposeful age-graded sample of men convicted of acquisitive crimes. Although the results confirm the leading research of Laub and Sampson (2003) about the importance of social bonds as a change catalyst, they also suggest that changes in narratives may depend not only on participation in new social institutions but also on the new meaning that institutions present during the criminal career of offenders, such as family relationships, may acquire in adulthood. © The Author(s) 2012.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)603-620
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012

Keywords

  • Family
  • narratives of desistance
  • returning points
  • turning points

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