Late Onset Offending and Substance Use: Findings from the NYSFS

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CHAPTER 10
Late Onset: Mountain or Molehill?

INTRODUCTION

Despite the more recent growing body of literature on late onset substance use and offending, little is still known. This research was conducted to clarify some of the confusion surrounding conflicting terminology and findings in regard to late onset. Based on the results presented in this study, several questions are raised and several key points deserve discussion. First, were the research problems and goals posited at the beginning of the study addressed within the study? Second, for the purposes of this study what is the average or normative pattern for substance use and offending as revealed by various measures? Third, how prevalent is late initiation of substance use and offending and does the evidence of late onset amount to a mountain or a molehill? Fourth, what are the possible policy and research implications based on the findings of this study? Fifth, what are the limitations of this study and the measures used, and finally where should future research on late onset be directed? This chapter attempts to answer these questions and highlights the key findings of the current study.


Research Problems and Goals

This research was undertaken in an attempt to addresses several problems with the current literature and extant research on late onset substance use and offending. Four key problems were identified with the body of literature on late onset substance use and offending. One of

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