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Adolescent Development, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice  

Jennifer L. Woolard

Some form of delinquency is a normative part of adolescence for a majority of teens, yet the consequences of risky behavior and juvenile justice involvement can be severe. This article ... More

Biology and Crime  

Melissa Peskin, Yu Gao, Andrea L. Glenn, Anna Rudo-Hutt, Yaling Yang, and Adrian Raine

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
Numerous studies carried out over the past two decades suggest that several biological risk factors significantly increase the likelihood for people to commit crime and violence across the ... More

Change in Offending across the Life Course  

Christopher J. Sullivan

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
Over the past twenty years, the developmental, life-course framework has emerged as an important means of understanding crime and delinquency. A number of studies tend to focus more on ... More

Competence and Criminal Responsibility in Adolescent Defendants: The Roles of Mental Illness and Adolescent Development  

Jodi Viljoen, Erika Penner, and Ronald Roesch

The law has required that adult defendants cannot be tried unless they have an ability to understand and participate adequately in legal proceedings against them. Another legal protection ... More

Delinquency and Comorbid Conditions  

Tamara M. Haegerich and Patrick H. Tolan

Youth who engage in delinquent acts are often more troubled than even their most antisocial behavior suggests. Much criminal behavior can be attributed to a child psychiatric disorder. ... More

Developmental and Life-Course Theories of Offending  

Francis T. Cullen, Michael L. Benson, and Matthew D. Makarios

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2012
Most of the traditional theories of crime only focused on one stage in life, namely the teenage years, because criminologists believed that adolescence was the period when participation in ... More

Developmental Approaches in the Prevention of Female Offending  

Deborah Gorman-Smith and Alana M. Vivolo

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2012
This article discusses female delinquency and offending. It reviews some related literature in order to update the prevention efforts. The first section presents data on the rates and ... More

A developmental life-course perspective of juvenile and adult sexual offending  

Patrick Lussier and Arjan A. J. Blokland

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Jan 2017
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Jul 2017
This essay examines theoretical, methodological, and empirical knowledge about the activation, course, and desistance from sex offending. The authors discuss theoretical issues and ... More

Developmental Perspectives: Sex Differences in Antisocial Behavior from Childhood to Adulthood  

Michael A. Russell, Summer J. Robins, and Candice L. Odgers

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May 2014
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Jul 2014
How does the onset, course, and development of antisocial behavior from childhood to adulthood differ between males and females? This essay reviews and synthesizes evidence from numerous ... More

Gender and Offending in a Life Course Context  

Ross Macmillan and Bill McCarthy

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May 2014
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Jul 2014
This essay outlines theory and research on the life course context of gender and offending. A life course perspective emphasizes social mechanisms that produce continuity of problem ... More

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