Pygmalion in the reintegration process: Desistance from crime through the looking glass

Shadd Maruna, T.P. LeBel, N. Mitchell, M. Naples

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Abstract

The study of desistance from crime has come of age in recent years, and there are now several, competing theories to account for the ability of long-term offenders to abstain from criminal behavior. Most prominently, recent explanations have borrowed elements from informal social control theory, differential association theory and cognitive psychology. In the following, we argue that labeling theory may be a neglected factor in understanding the desistance process. Drawing on interview data collected as part of a study of an offender reintegration program, we illustrate how the idea of the
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-281
Number of pages11
JournalPSYCHOLOGY CRIME & LAW
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law

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