U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Crime and The Transition to Parenthood The Role of Sex and Relationship Context

NCJ Number
British Journal of Criminology Volume: 53 Issue: 1 Dated: January 2013 Pages: 129-148
Christian Weisæth Monsbakken; Torkild Hovde Lyngstad; Torbjørn Skardhamar
Date Published
January 2013
20 pages
This study examines parenthood as a desistance from crime.
Research on desistance from crime has given little attention to the transition to parenthood as a 'turning point.' Parenthood might have different implications for men and women, as well as for individuals in different relationship contexts. Using a within-individual design and Norwegian register data on men and women who became parents in 1997-2001, the authors provide detailed descriptions of offending patterns. The results imply that, for men and women, the relative likelihood of offending declines before the birth. In the post-birth period, women's offending resumes at a lower likelihood than before the birth, while men's stabilizes at a low level. For men with no relationship to the other parent, the likelihood of offending continues to decline after the birth. (Published Abstract)