1st Edition

Frontiers in Developmental and Life-Course Criminology Methodological Innovation and Social Benefit

Edited By Catia Malvaso, Tara Renae Mcgee, Ross Homel Copyright 2024
    192 Pages 1 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 1 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Frontiers in Developmental and Life-Course Criminology advances the field of developmental and life-course criminology (DLC) by highlighting some recent methodological innovations, and exploring the ways in which DLC criminologists are helping to bridge the gap between science and service by their engagement with policymakers and government and non-government agencies.

    The book is united by three related themes: the use of new data sources including government administrative data systems, the development of intervention and prevention strategies grounded in DLC research, and resilience, prosocial behaviour, and strengths-based approaches.

    This book opens up new possibilities for the future of DLC research, orienting the DLC field as one that prioritises the achievement of better outcomes for individuals and society.

    1.         Introduction

                Catia Malvaso, Tara Renae McGee, and Ross Homel

    Section 1 Responding to Challenges in the DLC Field: Opportunities to Advance Theory, Research, and Practice


    2.         Linked Administrative Data: Providing Unique Solutions to Key Challenges in Developmental and Life-Course Criminology

                Carleen Thompson, Emily Hurren, Molly McCarthy, James Ogilvie, Troy Allard, Stacy Tzoumakis, Susan Dennison


    3.       How will we obtain High-Quality Evidence to Inform Youth Crime Prevention and Reduction?

              Rhiannon Pilkington, Catia Malvaso, Alicia Montgomerie, Kathleen Falster, Catherine Chittleborough, Odette Pearson, Angela Gialamas, Hugh Hunkin and John Lynch


    4.         Within-Person Change and Theories of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology

                Jacqueline Allen and Corrie Williams


     Section 2 Innovations in Collecting, Analysing, and Interpreting DLC Data: Showcasing Visual, Interactive, and Indigenous Methodologies


    5.         How to Work With Visual Artists to Move Developmental and Life-Course Criminology Forward

                David John Harris and Danielle Arlanda Harris


    6.         The Life Event Calendar Methodology: Challenges and Considerations for DLC Research

                Li Eriksson, Susan Dennison, Chantelle Baguley, Krystal Lockwood, Paul Mazerolle, and Tara Renae McGee


    7.         ‘Life History Research’ with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: How Indigenous Methodologies Inform Culturally Appropriate Research

                Krystal Lockwood, Li Eriksson, Tara Renae Mcgee, and Sjharn Leeson


    8.         Rumbles Quest: A Digital Game-Based Assessment of Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Middle Childhood

                Kate Freiberg and Ross Homel


    Section 3 Examples of DLC Research Informing Translation Activities and Driving Advances in Policy and Practice

    9.         Knowledge Brokers as Agents for Change: The Role of Lived Experience and Translational Research in Breaking Intergenerational Cycles of Offending

                Corrie Williams, Susan Dennison, Tara Renae McGee, and Janet Ransley


    10.       The Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Research in the Treatment and Prevention of Offending Behaviour: Hype or Hope?

                Catia Malvaso, Danielle Harris, Tara Renae McGee, and Jessica Craig


    11.       Trauma-Informed Sentencing of Adults Who Are Life-Course Persistent Offenders

                Katherine McLachlan


    Section 4 Placing Prevention at the Forefront of DLC


    12.       Understanding Pathways to Inform Prevention: A Program of Research on Child Maltreatment and Youth Offending Behaviour

                Catia Malvaso


    13.       Why Exploring the Interplay of Prosocial and Antisocial Behaviour Matters for Developmental and Life-Course Criminology and for Strengths-Based Developmental Crime Prevention

                Corrie Williams


    14.       Building Capacity for Sustainable, Scalable, Place-Based Youth Crime Prevention

                Ross Homel, Sara Branch, and Kate Freiberg


    15.       Commentary: Developmental and Life-Course Criminology Has Come of Age!

                David P. Farrington



    Catia Malvaso is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Public Health and School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide.

    Tara Renae McGee is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University and is the Deputy Director of the Transforming Corrections to Transform Lives (TCTL) Centre.

    Ross Homel is a Foundation Professor of Criminology at Griffith University.

    "This is an important book and essential reading for students, practitioners, and policy makers alike! It carefully - and critically - explains how new data sources and innovative methodologies can be used to advance our knowledge of offending across the life course. What results is truly a blueprint for the ongoing development of evidence-based crime prevention policy and practice."

    Andrew Day, Professor of Criminology, University of Melbourne

    "This book charts an ambitious and essential way forward for developmental and life course criminology (DLC) theory, research, and practice. The edited text provides numerous innovative examples of how DLC researchers can collaborate across disciplines and with community members and policy makers to enhance crime prevention."

    Abigail A. Fagan, Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law, University of Florida

    "This timely volume offers diverse and novel perspectives to inform the future of developmental/life course criminology. The content challenges and extends DLC approaches, and helpfully canvasses both theoretical and practical developments in the field. It will appeal to scholars and practitioners in diverse fields including criminology, law, social work and psychology. " 

    Dr Susan Baidawi, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Monash University

    "I am confident that this exceptional edited collection will become an essential resource for developmental life-course criminologists.  In addition to contributions that wrestle with important and contemporary theoretical debates there are chapters that are highly relevant to real-world settings and practice. These relatively untapped domains range from a thorough examination of the benefits and limitations of using administrative data for DLC research to integrating the voices of Indigenous populations and those with lived experience into DLC research." 

    Professor Darrick Jolliffe, Professor of Criminology, Royal Holloway, University of London and Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology