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Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Relationship Between Underage Alcohol Possession and Future Criminal Behavior An Empirical Analysis Using Age–Period Cohort Characteristics Model

This study examines the relationship between underage alcohol possession and criminal behavior through a cohort, age, and period analysis.

Utilizing the Age–Period Cohort Characteristic (APCC) models method and national arrest data, while controlling for age and period effects, this study examined single-year age cohorts and determines that strict enforcement of PULA (Possession Under Legal Age) laws decreases the likelihood of strongly correlated vandalism and assaults as young adults.

The analysis indicates an increase in assaults and vandalism as cohort size increases, but little effect from single parent, resource deprivation.

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