Operational Lessons from the Pathways to Desistance Project

Carol A. Schubert, Edward P. Mulvey, Laurence Steinberg, Elizabeth Cauffman, Sandra Losoya, Thomas Hecker, Laurie Chassin, George P. Knight

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Implementing a large, longitudinal study of any sample is a major undertaking. The challenges are compounded when the study involves multiple sites and a high-risk sample. This article outlines the methodology for the Pathways to Desistance study, a multisite, longitudinal study of serious juvenile offenders, and discusses the key operational decisions with the greatest impact on the study design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-255
Number of pages19
JournalYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2004


  • Pathways to Desistance
  • data collection
  • juvenile delinquents
  • juvenile offenders
  • longitudinal studies
  • methods
  • multisite study
  • operational issues
  • participant recruitment
  • participant retention
  • tracking participants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Law

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    Schubert, C. A., Mulvey, E. P., Steinberg, L., Cauffman, E., Losoya, S., Hecker, T., Chassin, L., & Knight, G. P. (2004). Operational Lessons from the Pathways to Desistance Project. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 2(3), 237-255. https://doi.org/10.1177/1541204004265875