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The Development of Persistent Criminality
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The Development of Persistent Criminality

Joanne Savage

Abstract

This volume addresses one of the most pressing problems of modern criminology: Why do some individuals become chronic, persistent offenders? Chronic offenders are responsible for the majority of serious crimes committed and understanding which individuals will become chronic offenders is an important step in developing interventions that will work. Unfortunately, much of the research on causes of offending does not distinguish between minor, short-term delinquency and long-term patterns of serious criminality. The volume was inspired by a desire to bridge the gap between two sets of literature ... More

Keywords: developmental criminology, criminal careers, chronic offending, developmental psychology, risk factors, desistance, life-course criminology, early onset, criminological theory, offending trajectories, family, parenting, biology, strain theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195310313
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310313.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanne Savage, editor
American University

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Contents

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Part I The Family, Poverty, and Stressful Life Events

Part II Biosocial Influences on Persistent Criminality

Part III Special Topics and Populations

Part IV Methodology for Understanding the Criminal Career

Part V Conceptualizing the Persistent Offender

Part VI Conclusions