The Meaning of Work: Conceptualizing the Deterrent Effect of Employment on Crime among Young Adults Journal Article uri icon



  • Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) are used to examine the influence of employment characteristics and other age-appropriate investments on young adults' participation in both violent and property crime. The findings suggest that quality of employment has a stronger influence on individuals' involvement in both economic and noneconomic criminal behavior than do income, job stability, educational achievement, and a variety of background factors. The implications of these findings for theoretical development and public policy are discussed.

publication date

  • September 1, 2006

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • January 21, 2014 9:37 AM

Full Author List

  • Wadsworth T

author count

  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0731-1214

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-8673

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 343

end page

  • 368


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