1st Edition

Integrated Developmental and Life-course Theories of Offending

Edited By David P. Farrington Copyright 2005
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    279 Pages
    by Routledge

    Developmental and life-course criminology aims to provide information about how offending and antisocial behavior develops, about risk and protective factors at different ages, and about the effects of life events on the course of development. This volume advances knowledge about these theories of offender behavior, many of which have been formulated only in the last twenty years. It also integrates knowledge about individual, family, peer, school, neighborhood, community, and situational influences on offender behavior, and combines key elements of earlier theories such as strain, social learning, differential association, and control theory. Contributors Benjamin B. Lahey and Irwin D. Waldman focus on antisocial propensity and the importance of biological and individual factors. Alex R. Piquero and Terrie E. Moffitt distinguish between life-course-persistent and adolescent-limited offenders. David P. Farrington presents the Integrated Cognitive Antisocial Potential (ICAP) theory, which distinguishes between long-term and short-term influences on antisocial potential. Richard F. Catalano, J. David Hawkins, and their colleagues test the Social Development Model (SDM).Marc Le Blanc proposes an integrated multi-layered control theory, in which criminal behavior depends on bonding to society, psychological development, modeling, and constraints. Robert J. Sampson and John H. Laub hypothesize that offending is inhibited by the strength of bonding to family, peers, schools, and later adult social institutions such as marriage and jobs. Terence P. Thornberry and Marvin D. Krohn propose an interactional theory, of antisocial behavior. Per-Olof Wikstrom's developmental ecological action theory emphasizes the importance of situational factors: opportunities cause temptation, friction produces provocation, and monitoring and the risk of sanctions have deterrent effects.

    1: Introduction to Integrated Developmental and Life-Course Theories of Offending; 2: A Developmental Model of the Propensity to Offend during Childhood and Adolescence *; 3: Explaining the Facts of Crime: How the Developmental Taxonomy Replies to Farrington’s Invitation; 4: The Integrated Cognitive Antisocial Potential (ICAP) Theory; 5: Mediating the Effects of Poverty, Gender, Individual Characteristics, and External Constraints on Antisocial Behavior: A Test of the Social Development Model and Implications for Developmental Life-Course Theory *; 6: An Integrative Personal Control Theory of Deviant Behavior: Answers to Contemporary Empirical and Theoretical Developmental Criminology Issues 1 , 2; 7: A General Age-Graded Theory of Crime: Lessons Learned and the Future of Life-Course Criminology; 8: Applying Interactional Theory to the Explanation of Continuity and Change in Antisocial Behavior *; 9: The Social Origins of Pathways in Crime: Towards a Developmental Ecological Action Theory of Crime Involvement and Its Changes; 10: Conclusions about Developmental and Life-Course Theories


    Farrington, David P.