The developmental and life-course perspective in criminology came to prominence during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s a number of theories were developed to explain offending behavior over the life-course. This volume brings together theoretical statements, empirical tests and debates of these major theories within the developmental and life-course criminology perspective. In the first section of the book, original theoretical statements are provided and this is followed by a section which includes empirical tests of each of these theories conducted by researchers other than the original theorists. The final section of the book provides a summary of the major debates both within the developmental and life-course perspective and also between this perspective and others within criminology. This comprehensive volume provides an informative overview of the developmental and life-course perspective in criminology.
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Contents: Introduction. Part I Key Theoretical Papers: The social development model: an integrated approach to delinquency prevention, J. David Hawkins and Joseph G. Weis; A developmental perspective on antisocial behavior, G.R. Patterson, Barbara D. DeBaryshe and Elizabeth Ramsey; Life-course desisters? Trajectories of crime among delinquent boys followed to age 70, Robert J. Sampson and John H. Laub; Life-course-persistent versus adolescence-limited antisocial behavior, Terrie E. Moffitt; The Integrated Cognitive Antisocial Potential (ICAP) theory, David P. Farrington; Situational action theory, Per-Olof H. WikstrÃ¶m, Dietrich Oberwittler, Kyle Treiber and Beth Hardie. Part II Tests of Theory: Problem behavior in the middle school years: an assessment of the social development model, Christopher J. Sullivan and Paul Hirschfield; Two routes to delinquency: differences between early and late starters in the impact of parenting and deviant peers, Ronald L. Simons, Chyi-in Wu, Rand D. Conger and Frederick O. Lorenz; Residential change as a turning point in the life course of crime: desistance or temporary cessation?, David S. Kirk; Delinquent development in a sample of high-risk youth: shape, content, and predictors of delinquent trajectories from age 12 to 32, Victor van der Geest, Arjan Blokland and Catrien Bijleveld; Exploring long-term and short-term risk factors for serious delinquency, André M. van der Laan, Martine Blom and Edward R. Kleemans; Does the effect of self-control on adolescent offending vary by level of morality? A test in three countries, Robert Svensson, Lieven Pauwels and Frank M. Weerman. Part III Debates and Challenges: A life-course view of the development of crime, Robert J. Sampson and John H. Laub; Offender classifications and treatment effects in developmental criminology: a propensity/event consideration, Michael R. Gottfredson; Participation and frequency during criminal careers across the life span, Hanno Petras, Paul Nieuwbeerta and Alex R. Piquero; Generality, continuity, and change in offending, Raymond Paternoster, Charles W. Dean, Alex Piquero, Paul Mazerolle and Robert Brame; Marriage and desistance from crime in the Netherlands: do gender and socio-historical context matter?, Bianca E. Bersani, John H. Laub and Paul Nieuwbeerta; Long-term crime desistence and recidivism patterns - evidence from the Essex County convicted felon study, Megan C. Kurlychek, Shawn D. Bushway and Robert Brame. Name index.