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Criminological Theory: A Life-Course Approach

Criminological Theory: A Life-Course Approach

by Matt DeLisi, Kevin M. Beaver

ISBN-10: 0763771368

ISBN-13: 9780763771362

Pub. Date: 03/01/2010

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

In Order To Understand The Perpetuance Of Crime, Multiple Influences In Offenders’ Lives Must Be Considered. Criminological Theory: A Life-Course Approach Explores Criminal And Anti-Social Behavior By Examining Important Factors Occurring At Each Stage Of Life. This Collection Of Cutting-Edge Scholarship Comprehensively Covers Life-Course Antisocial Behavior


In Order To Understand The Perpetuance Of Crime, Multiple Influences In Offenders’ Lives Must Be Considered. Criminological Theory: A Life-Course Approach Explores Criminal And Anti-Social Behavior By Examining Important Factors Occurring At Each Stage Of Life. This Collection Of Cutting-Edge Scholarship Comprehensively Covers Life-Course Antisocial Behavior Ranging From Prenatal Factors, To Childhood Examples Of Disruptive Behavior, Delinquency, And Adult Crime. Diverse Research From Internationally Recognized Experts On Criminal Behavior Brings Readers Towards A Sharpened Understanding Of Crime And The Prevailing Life-Course Approach.

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii

List of Contributors xv

Reviewers xvii

Part I Aggression (Prenatal and Childhood)

Chapter 1 Biosocial Bases of Antisocial Behavior Yaling Yang Yu Gao Andrea Glenn Melissa Peskin Robert A. Schug Adrian Raine 3

Key Terms 3

Introduction 3

Empirical Findings on Antisocial Behavior 4

Biosocial Model of Antisocial Behavior 15

Conclusion 17

Glossary 18

Notes 18

Chapter 2 Prenatal and Perinatal Predictors of Antisocial Behavior: Review of Research and Interventions Stephen G. Tibbetts 27

Key Terms 27

Introduction 27

History of Research on Pre- and Perinatal Factors in Criminological Literature 27

Research on Pre- and Perinatal Biological Factors of Criminality 29

Research on Perinatal Sociological and Environmental Factors of Criminality 35

Intervention Programs and Policy 37

Conclusion 40

Glossary 40

Notes 40

Chapter 3 Prenatal Insults and the Development of Persistent Criminal Behavior John Paul Wright 45

Key Terms 45

Introduction 45

Mechanisms of Prenatal Insults to the Ferns 47

Policy Consequences 54

Conclusion 55

Glossary 55

Notes 55

Chapter 4 Developmental Neurobiology from Embryonic Neuron Migration to Adolescent Synaptic Pruning: Relevance for Antisocial Behavior Anthony Walsh Ilhong Yun 59

Key Terms 59

Introduction 59

Early Postnatal Brain Development 60

Early Environmental Influences on Brain Wiring 62

The Brain and Exposure to Violence 63

Abuse, Neglect, Stress, and Brain Development 64

The Brain at Adolescence 66

Conclusion 68

Glossary 69

Notes 69

Chapter 5 The Intergenerational Transmission of Antisocial Behavior: Parents, Genes, and Unsettling Realities Brian B. Boutwell 73

Key Terms 73

Introduction 73

Bad Families, Bad Parents, and Bad Children 74

Parenting Effects: Criminology's Spandrel? 75

Rethinking the Role of Families 77

Conclusion 79

Glossary 80

Notes 80

Chapter 6 The Impact of Biosocial Criminology on Public Policy: Where Should We Go From Here? J. C. Barnes 83

Key Terms 83

Introduction 83

Biosocial Criminology: A Primer 83

Biosocial Criminology and Public Policy 90

Conclusion 95

Glossary 96

Notes 96

Chapter 7 The Heritability of Common Risk and Protective Factors to Crime and Delinquency Kevin M. Beaver Michael G. Vaughn Matt DeLisi John Paul Wright Richard Wiebe H. Harrington Cleveland Anthony Walsh 99

Key Terms 99

Introduction 99

The Etiology of Risk and Protective Factors 100

Methodology 103

Results 108

Conclusion 110

Glossary 112

Notes 113

Part II Delinquency (Adolescence and Early Adulthood)

Chapter 8 General Strain Theory and Offending over the Life Course Stephen W. Baron Robert Agnew 117

Key Terms 117

Introduction 117

An Overview of General Strain Theory 118

The GST Explanation of Adolescence-Limited Offending 119

The GST Explanation of Life-Course-Persistent Offending 121

Patterns of Offending Among Street Youth 122

Conclusion 129

Glossary 129

Notes 129

Chapter 9 Race, Ethnicity, Juvenile Offending, and Justice Court Responses Michael J. Leiber Jennifer H. Peck 133

Key Terms 133

Introduction 133

Race Differences in Offending 134

Theoretical Explanations for Differential Offending 136

Race/Ethnic Selection Bias 139

Theories of Differential Selection 140

Policy Implications 143

Conclusion 144

Glossary 145

Notes 145

Chapter 10 Media Violence and the Development of Aggressive Behavior Edward L. Swing Craig A. Anderson 149

Key Terms 149

Introduction 149

Aggression and Antisocial Behavior 150

Past Media Violence Effects Research 151

Aggression Theory and Media Violence 158

General Aggression Model 159

Conclusion 163

Glossary 163

Notes 164

Chapter 11 Substance Use Careers and Antisocial Behavior: A Biosocial Life-Course Perspective Michael G. Vaughn Brian E. Perron 167

Key Terms 167

Introduction 167

Substance Careers and Biosocial Life-Course Theory 169

Conclusion 173

Glossary 174

Notes 174

Chapter 12 Developmental Trajectories of Exposure to Violence Daniel J. Flannery Manfred H. M. van Dulmen Andrea D. Mata 177

Key Terms 177

Introduction 177

Correlates and Antecedents of Exposure to Violence 177

Group-Based Modeling of Middle Childhood Exposure to Violence: Previous Findings and Empirical Illustration 179

Discussion 183

Conclusion 184

Glossary 185

Notes 185

Chapter 13 A Partial Test of Social Structure Social Learning: Neighborhood Disadvantage, Differential Association with Delinquent Peers, and Delinquency Chris L. Gibson Traci B. Poles Ronald L. Akers 187

Key Terms 187

Introduction 187

Social Disorganization, Crime, and Delinquency 188

Neighborhoods and Child Development 190

Social Structure/Social Learning: An Expanded and Complementary Reason for the Link Between Neighborhood Structure and Delinquent Behavior 190

Current Focus 192

Methods 192

Results 195

Discussion 197

Conclusion 199

Glossary 199

Notes 200

Chapter 14 Timing Is Everything: Gangs, Gang Violence, and the Life Course Scott H. Decker David Pyrooz 201

Key Terms 201

Introduction 201

Definition 202

Gangs, Violence, and the Life Course 202

Developmental and Life-Course Theory 206

Gang Desistance: Leaving the Gangs 207

Conclusion 210

Glossary 211

Notes 211

Chapter 15 Gangs and Antisocial Behavior: A Critique and Reformulation Matt DeLisi 215

Key Terms 215

Introduction 215 Critiques of the Gang Concept 217

Reformulation of the Gang Concept 219

Conclusion 225

Glossary 226

Notes 226

Part III Crime (Adulthood)

Chapter 16 Developmental and Life-Course Criminology: Theories and Policy Implications David P. Farrington 233

Key Terms 233

Introduction 233

Two Important Issues 235

Three DLC Theories 237

ICAP Theory 240

Policy Implications 244

Conclusion 245

Glossary 246

Notes 246

Chapter 17 Self-Control Theory and Antisocial Behavior George E. Higgins Margaret Mahoney 249

Key Terms 249

Introduction 249

Self-Control Theory 250

Review of Self-Control Theory Literature 253

Conclusion 257

Glossary 257

Notes 258

Chapter 18 Serial Crime: Psychology of Behavioral Consistency and Applications to Linking C. Gabrielle Salfati 261

Key Terms 261

Introduction 261

Behavioral Consistency and Individual Differentiation 262

Contextual and Situational Influences on Behavior 263

Signatures Versus Psychological Themes 265

Legal Versus Psychological Definitions of Behaviors and Crimes 267

Conclusion 268

Glossary 268

Notes 268

Chapter 19 Symbolic Interactionism and Crime in the Life Course Jeffery T. Ulmer 271

Key Terms 271

Introduction 271

What Is Symbolic Interactionism? 272

Symbolic Interactionism's Relationship to Criminological Theories 275

Labeling Theory 278

Interactionist Approaches to Criminal Careers 278

Conclusion 282

Glossary 283

Notes 283

Chapter 20 A "Good Lives" Approach to Rehabilitation Edward Manier Truce Ordoña C. Robert Cloninger 285

Key Terms 285

Introduction 285

Life-Course Development of Antisocial Potential 286

Psychological Effects of Incarceration 287

A Program for Decreasing Antisocial Potential and Increasing Capacity for Well being Behind Bars 288

Personality: Temperament and Character 288

Applying Temperament and Character to Rehabilitation 291

Conclusion 295

Glossary 295

Notes 295

Chapter 21 Never-Desisters: A Descriptive Study of the Life-Course-Persistent Offender Matt DeLisi Anna E. Kosloski Alan J. Drury Michael G. Vaughn Kevin M. Beaver Chad R. Trulson John Paul Wright 297

Key Terms 297

Introduction 297

Life-Course Desisters 298

Current Focus 299

Methodology 299

Results 300

Theoretical Discussion 307

Conclusion 308

Glossary 308

Notes 309

Chapter 22 Evolutionary Psychological Perspectives on Men's Partner-Directed Violence Farnaz Kaighobadi Todd K. Shackelford 311

Key Terms 311

Introduction 311

Paternity Uncertainty and Male Sexual Jealousy 312

Male Sexual Jealousy and Mate Retention Behaviors 312

Risk of Sperm Competition and Sexual Coercion 313

Intimate Partner Homicide 315

Conclusion 316

Glossary 316

Notes 317

Index 321

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