Arrests, recent life circumstances, and recurrent job loss for at-risk young men: An event-history analysis

Margit Wiesner, Deborah M. Capaldi, Hyoun K. Kim

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This study used longitudinal data from 202 at-risk young men to examine effects of arrests, prior risk factors, and recent life circumstances on job loss across a 7-year period in early adulthood. Repeated failure-time continuous event-history analysis indicated that occurrence of job loss was primarily related to prior mental health problems, recent arrests, recent drug use, and recent being married/cohabitation. It is argued that long-term effects of criminal justice contact on employment outcomes should be understood in the context of (shared) prior risk factors and recent life circumstances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-354
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Support for the Oregon Youth Study was provided by Grant R37 MH 37940 from the Prevention, Early Intervention, and Epidemiology Branch, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). Support for the Couples Study was provided by Grant HD 46364 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), U.S. PHS. We thank Jane Wilson, Rhody Hinks, and the Oregon Youth Study team for high quality data collection, and Sally Schwader for editorial assistance with the manuscript.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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