Section: Findings and Publications

Published reports/papers

The Research Team and others have published a number of academic papers, research reports and digests related to or using data from the Edinburgh Study. Academic papers can be accessed in electronic journals with the appropriate subscription. Research reports and digests are generally freely available to download as PDF files.

Aston, E. V. (2014). Are Risk Factors for Drug Use and Offending Similar during the Teenage Years? International Journal of Drug Policy doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.11.002

McAra, L. & McVie, S. (2013). Delivering Justice for Children and Young People: Key Messages from the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime. Justice for Young People: Papers by Winners of the Research Medal 2013, 3-14

McAra, L. & McVie, S. (2012). Negotiated Order: The Groundwork for a Theory of Offending Pathways. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 12(4), 347-376 doi:10.1177/1748895812455810

McAra, L. & McVie, S. (2012). Critical Debates in Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, in Mike Maguire, Rod Morgan & Robert Reiner (Eds). The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, 5th ed.

McVie, S (2011). Alternative Models of Youth Justice: Lessons from Scotland and Northern Ireland. Journal of Children's Services, 6(2), 106-114 doi:10.1108/17466661111149402

McVie, S. (2010). Gang Membership and Knife Carrying: Findings from the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research

McAra, L. & McVie, S. (2010). Youth Justice? The Impact of Agency Contact on Desistance from Offending (reprint of journal article). In Farrall, S., Hough, M., Maruna, S. & Sparks, R. (Eds) Escape Routes: Contemporary Perspectives on Life after Punishment, Routledge

McAra, L. & McVie, S. (2010). Youth Crime and Justice in Scotland. In Croall, H., Mooney, G. and Munro, M. (Eds). Criminal Justice in Contemporary Scotland, Open University Press

McAra, L. & McVie, S. (2010). Youth Crime and Justice: Key Messages from the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime. Criminology and Criminal Justice,10(2), 179-209 doi:10.1177/174889580936097

McAra, L. & McVie, S. (2009). Youth Justice? The Impact of System Contact on Patterns of Desistance from Offending. (reprint of original article published in European Journal of Criminology). In Goldson, B. & Muncie, J. (Eds). Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice, Sage

McAra, L. (2009). La Justice de Mineurs en Ecosse: Pressions Convergentes et Singularités CulturellesDéviance et Société, 33(3), 383-398
doi:10.3917/ds.333.0383

McVie, S. (2009). Self-Report Delinquency Surveys in European Countries: Britain and Ireland. In Zaubermann, R. (Ed.). Self-Reported Crime and Deviance Studies in Europe: Current State of Knowledge and Review of Use. Brussels: VUB Press (Also available in French)

McVie, S. (2009). Criminal Careers and Young People. In Barry, M. & McNeill, F. (Eds). Youth Offending and Youth Justice: Research Highlights in Social Work. Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Barker, E., Arseneault, L., Brendgen, M., Fontaine, N. & Maughan, B. (2008). Joint Development of Bullying and Victimization in Adolescence: Relations to Delinquency and Self-Harm. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(9), 1030-1038

McAra, L. (2007). Welfarism in Crisis: Crime Control and Penal Practice in Post-Devolution Scotland in Keating, M. (Ed.). Scottish Social Democracy: Progressive Ideas for Public Policy, P.I.E. – Peter Lang: Brussels

McAra, L. & McVie, S. (2007). Youth Justice? The Impact of System Contact on Patterns of Desistance from OffendingEuropean Journal of Criminology, 4(3), 315-345 doi:10.1177/1477370807077186

McAra, L. & McVie, S. (2007). No Way Out?Children in Scotland Magazine, 7, 8-9

McAra, L. & McVie, S. (2007). Criminal Justice Transitions, Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest No.14

McVie, S. (2007). Animal Abuse Amongst Young People Aged 13 to 17: Trends, Trajectories and Theoretical ExplanationsPolicy Report for the RSPCA

Smith, D.J. (2007). Crime and the Life Course. In Maguire, M., Morgan, R., & Reiner, R. (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Smith, D. J. & Ecob, R. (2007) An Investigation of Causal Links between Victimization and Offending in AdolescentsBritish Journal of Sociology, 58(4):633-659 doi:10.1111/j.1468-4446.2007.00169.x

McAra, L. (2006). Welfare in Crisis? Youth Justice in Scotland in Goldson, B. and Muncie, J. (Eds) Comparative Youth Justice. London: Sage

McVie, S. & Norris, P.A. (2006). Neighbourhood Effects on Youth Delinquency and Drug Use, Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest No. 10

McVie, S. & Norris, P.A. (2006). The Effect of Neighbourhoods on Adolescent Property Offending, Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest No. 11

Smith, D.J. (2006). Social Inclusion and Early Desistance from Crime, Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest No. 12

Smith, D.J. (2006). School Experience and Delinquency at Ages 13 to 16, Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest No. 13

Bradshaw, P. (2005). Terrors and Young Teams: Youth Gangs and Delinquency in Edinburgh in Decker, S. & Weerman, F. (Eds.) Youth Gangs in Europe, Alta Mira Press. **Awarded Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology Book Award 2006**

McAra, L. (2005). Negotiated Order: Gender, Youth Transitions and Crime British Society of Criminology e-Journal, vol. 6

McAra, L. & McVie, S. (2005). The Usual Suspects? Street-life, Young Offenders and the Police in Criminal Justice, 5 (1): 5-36 (Available from Sage Publications by subscription)

McVie, S. (2005). Patterns of Deviance Underlying the Age-Crime Curve: The Long Term Evidence in British Society of Criminology e-Journal, vol. 7

Smith, D. J. (2005). The Effectiveness of the Juvenile Justice System Criminal Justice, 5(2): 181-195 (Available from Sage Publications by subscription)

McAra, L. (2005). Patterns of Referral to the Children’s Hearings Systems for Drugs and Alcohol Misuse, Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest No. 6

McVie, S. & Bradshaw, P. (2005). Adolescent Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use at Ages 12 to 17, Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest No. 7

Smith, D.J. & Bradshaw, P. (2005). Gang Membership and Teenage Offending,Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest No. 8

McVie, S. & Holmes, L. (2005). Family Functioning and Substance Use at Ages 12 to 17, Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest No. 9

McAra, L. (2004). Justice 2 Committee: Youth Justice Inquiry. Pre-Inquiry Seminar on Youth Justice in Scotland: Report and Recommendations

McAra, L. (2004). The Cultural and Institutional Dynamics of Transformation: Youth Justice in Scotland and England and Wales in Cambrian Law Review Special edition: November. Full text access is available from Hein Online with subscription.

McAra, L. (2004). Youth Crime and Justice in Scotland: Perception and Reality. In Children, Young People and Crime in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Fourth Biennial Conference: Perception and Realities, Conference Report

Smith, D.J. & McAra, L. (2004). Gender and Youth Offending, Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest No. 2

Smith, D.J. (2004). Parenting and Delinquency at Ages 12 to 15, Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest No. 3

McAra, L. (2004). Truancy, School Exclusion and Substance Misuse, Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest No. 4

Smith, D.J. (2004). The Links between Victimization and Offending, Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest No. 5

Bradshaw, P. (2003). Underage Drinking and the Illegal Purchase of Alcohol, Scottish Executive Social Research Report

McVie, S. (2003). Drifting Into Substance Misuse: Youth Transitions And Family Dynamics. In It's A Family Affair: Report of The London Drug Policy Forum Conference

McVie, S. (2003). The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime: Preliminary Findings on Cruelty towards Animals. Special Report Commissioned by Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

McVie, S. (2003). Gender Differences in Adolescent Development and Violence: Findings from the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime in Dunkel, F. & Drenkhahn, K. (Eds). Youth Violence: new patterns and local responses – Experiences in East and West. Forum Verlag Godesberg GmbH, Munchengladbach, 399-417

Smith, D.J. & McVie, S. (2003). Theory and Method in the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and CrimeBritish Journal of Criminology, 43(1),169-195 doi:10.1093/bjc/43.1.169 (Available online via BJC website by subscription)

Flint, J. F. (2002). Social Housing Agencies and the Governance of Anti-Social BehaviourHousing Studies17(4), 619-637 doi:10.1080/02673030220144376  (Available online via Injenta by subscription)

McAra, L. (2002). Scottish Juvenile Justice System: Policy and Practice. In Winterdyk, J. (Ed.). Juvenile Justice Systems: International Perspectives. 2nd ed. Toronto, Canadian Scholars Press

McAra, L. (2002). Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est La Même Chose’: L'Evolution du Système de Justice pour les mineurs en Ecosse. In Déviance et Société, 26, 367-386 doi:10.3917/ds.263.0367

Smith, D.J. (2002). Crime and the Life Course. In Maguire, M., Morgan, R., & Reiner, R. (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook Of Criminology, 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 702-745

Smith, D.J. (2001). Youth, Parenting and Crime. Children in Scotland Magazine

Smith, D.J., McVie, S., Woodward, R., Shute, J. & McAra, L. (2001). The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime: Key Findings at Ages 12 and 13. Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Research Digest no. 1

McAra, L. & Smith, D.J. (2001). Report to ESRC on Sweeps 1 and 2

Smith, D.J. (1999). Less Crime without More PunishmentEdinburgh Law Review. 3, 294-316 doi:10.3366/elr.1999.3.3.294

Smith, D.J. (1999). Negotiated Order: A Unifying Principle for Parenting and Juvenile Justice. Pt 1, Scolag Legal Journal, November

Smith, D.J. (1999). Negotiated Order: A Unifying Principle for Parenting and Juvenile Justice. Pt 2, Scolag Legal Journal, December


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