Journal of Quantitative Criminology

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 339–354 | Cite as

Time and crime: The link between teenager lifestyle and delinquency

  • David Riley


This paper—based on data from a national survey of 14 and 15 year olds and their parents in England and Wales—examines the relationship between teenager lifestyles and activity patterns and self-report offending. The legal ways in which teenagers spend their time show consistent relationships with involvement in crime. Offenders and nonofienders differ markedly on both general and specific measures where they go, whom they are with, and what they do. Consistent with models of criminal behavior based on group processes, these differences in activity patterns also extend to a number of the major correlates of delinquency whose effects on crime are typically conceived in lifestyle terms. These results further indicate that the link between activity patterns and delinquency is different between males and females in the age group surveyed.

Key words

delinquency lifestyle leisure time sex differences 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Riley
    • 1
  1. 1.Research and Planning UnitHome OfficeLondonEngland

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