Antisocial Behavior

The data of the Cermkovich and Giordano study further hinted that the degrees of bonding and antisocial behavior of grave delinquents of offenders were more resistant to change as compared to the manifestation of antisocial behaviors among less serious and typical offenders. On the other hand, the data taken from the household respondents supported both the life-course and hidden trait models. Also, the support for the two concepts was not as obvious when it comes to the institutional respondents.

Hence, it is useful to trace or follow the behavioral patters of the respondents, specifically those who continue to be involved in further or escalated manifestations of antisocial behavior up to the time they reach their early adulthood. This is because it is during the stage of early adulthood and even up to full maturity that the persistence of their antisocial behaviors or activities and related delinquent tendencies are gauged for a longer period (Cernkovich & Giordano, 2001).

Cernkovich and Giordano used a theoretical approach which dealt with latent trait and life-course attachments of correlates that measure the determination and strength of antisocial behavior as the offenders shift from adolescence to early adulthood stages. As a result, the study disclosed that previous delinquency tendencies and antisocial behaviors are steady and solid predictors that determined the eventual actuations of the two sets of respondents.

It is worthwhile to note also that the authors are able to recognize the fact that social bonding has significant implications on the sustained criminal tendencies among the offenders who were confined in private households. The authors also noted that social bonding is likely insignificant when applied to previously institutionalized offenders. Hence, the research hinted that the degrees of bonding and antisocial behavior among offenders are more unaffected by change as compared to more usual and less serious youth and young adult crime offenders.

The Cernkovich and Giordano research has effectively addressed the enduring nature of antisocial behavior and aggressive tendency among adolescents and young adults. This in a way provided an opportunity for the field of criminal justice to appropriately act on the issues and concerns associated with such prevalent act. The research, which was published in the Criminology Journal, looked at how these adolescents and young adults manifest their antisocial behavior and delinquent tendencies especially in dealing with the judicial system.

The research has further demonstrated that antisocial behavior is specifically stable at the development stage of adolescents until they reach their early adulthood. Since the behavior development of adolescents has been a significant issue the criminal justice system, the Cernkovich and Giordano study has definitely gained its importance for the past years Conclusion Overall, the Cernkovich and Giordano research offered a fresh contribution to the already complex world of antisocial behavior as well as aggressive and delinquent tendencies from the adolescence to early adulthood stages of offenders.

This is because the study was able to recognize and further suggest that from early to late adolescence, antisocial behaviors such as aggressiveness or even violence perform a significant function on how the criminal justice system or the field of law enforcement is applied. This, in turn, will pave the way for a better understanding of the connection between antisocial behavior of aggression and the instances where the adolescents and young adults become susceptible in committing crimes or breaking the law.

Additionally, a clear presentation of this concept, as depicted trough the research made by Cernkovich and Giordano, will allow for the members of the criminal justice field to design and implement intervention programs and corrective measures for the benefit of the adolescent and young adult offenders and the justice system in general.


Cernkovich, S. A. and Giordano, P. C. (2001). Stability and Change in Antisocial Behavior: The transition from Adolescence to Early Adulthood. Criminology, 39, 2, 371-410.