Getting Caught and Getting Hitched: An Assessment of the Relationship Between Police Intervention, Life Chances, and Romantic Unions

Nicole M. Schmidt, Giza Lopes, Marvin D. Krohn, Alan J. Lizotte

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Abstract

Little research has assessed the link between formal police intervention, financial hardship, and the formation and quality of romantic relationships. Using data from the Rochester Youth Development Study, we contribute to this literature by examining effects of police intervention at two time points on marriage stability and romantic relationship quality. We find that police intervention during adolescence is associated with increases in financial hardship during young adulthood, which, in turn, decreases the odds of entering into a stable marriage by age 31 and the extent to which those who have a romantic relationship feel their partner is supportive. Early police intervention also is indirectly associated with a reduction in partner satisfaction and an increase in partner violence via young adult arrest. We conclude that even minimally invasive contact with the criminal justice system during adolescence has long-lasting collateral consequences in the family arena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)976-1005
Number of pages30
JournalJustice Quarterly
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2015

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Keywords

  • life course theory
  • marriage
  • official intervention
  • relationship quality
  • transition to adulthood

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Getting Caught and Getting Hitched : An Assessment of the Relationship Between Police Intervention, Life Chances, and Romantic Unions. / Schmidt, Nicole M.; Lopes, Giza; Krohn, Marvin D.; Lizotte, Alan J.

In: Justice Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 6, 02.11.2015, p. 976-1005.

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