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Succeeders. This group included respondents who never reoffended after they were nominated and who continued to do well according to our original definition of success.
Some of the differences between the Drifters and the Succeeders could be related to maturity.
If maturity is a factor separating Drifters from Succeeders, we can expect that some of the Drifters will eventually stabilize, get jobs, and become responsible employees and parents.
The Succeeder respondents also are characterized by determination, positive outlook and approach to life, and a strong future orientation.
Although the families of the Succeeder respondents are no more stable or resourceful than those of other respondents, all of the Succeeder respondents have been able to access support from surrogate families, other adults, or significant others.