'Man's best possession': Period effects in the association between marriage and offending.

J.E.H. Beijers, C.C.J.H. Bijleveld, F. van Poppel

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Abstract

We assess to what extent the associations between marriage and offending differ for high-risk men marrying in two distinct periods: 1930-70 and 1971-2006. Between these two periods, power relations between the sexes, laws governing marriage and in general the role and expectations attached to marriage differed. Based on these differences, we argue that - following two explanations for the 'marriage effect', that is the control and the social capital explanation - a different effect of marriage is expected for the two marriage cohorts. Our results confirm these expectations and thus provide support for both explanations. © The Author(s) 2012.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-441
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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