Journal of Quantitative Criminology

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 3–53 | Cite as

The interaction of age with the correlates and causes of crime

  • Charles R. Tittle
  • David A. Ward


We use data from a survey covering ages 15–94 to test the Hirschi/Gottfredson hypothesis that the correlates and causes of crime do not interact with age. These data reveal some nonchance interaction between age and demographic and theoretical predictors of criminal behavior that is localized in specific age categories and around particular variables and/or offenses. Overall, however, such interaction does not appear to be substantial, nor does it seem to have important consequences for generalizing from age restricted samples, particularly where generalization is of the most common type-from youth samples to adults. Therefore, despite some results contrary to a strict assertion that the causes and correlates of crime are the same for all ages, our findings support the thrust of the Hirschi/Gottfredson interaction hypothesis.

Key words

age and crime correlates of crime causes of crime. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles R. Tittle
    • 1
  • David A. Ward
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyWashington State UniversityPullman

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