Classification of patterns of offending in developmental and life-course criminology, with special reference to persistence

Tara Renae McGee, Tyson Whitten, Corrie Williams, Darrick Jolliffe, David P Farrington

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Abstract

Developmental and life-course criminology can be differentiated from other types of criminology by its focus on, and appreciation of, change over time in antisocial behaviour and offending, using longitudinal research. This approach emerged from a long history of longitudinal studies which culminated in the articulation of the ‘criminal careers’ perspective in the mid 1980s. Since then there have been numerous analyses and developmental and life-course theories which have attempted to explain and classify patterns of offending and antisocial behaviour over time. In this paper we consider various methods used to classify these behaviours, using the examination of persistent antisocial behaviour and offending as a case study. While sophisticated analytic techniques exist, we argue that in the case of identifying persistent offending, a focus on the duration of offending is the key consideration.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101460
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Volume59
Early online date01 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

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