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The Development of Persistent Criminality$
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Joanne Savage

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310313.001.0001

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Understanding Persistent Offending: Linking Developmental Psychology with Research on the Criminal Career

Understanding Persistent Offending: Linking Developmental Psychology with Research on the Criminal Career

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(p.2) (p.3) CHAPTER 1 Understanding Persistent Offending: Linking Developmental Psychology with Research on the Criminal Career
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The Development of Persistent Criminality
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Joanne Savage

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310313.003.0001

In recent years we have come to know that a small percentage of individuals commit about half of all the crime that occurs. This finding has inspired a significant amount of work in the area of criminal careers. Oddly, while a recent wave of studies have been published on trajectories of offending, and while decades of developmental studies have uncovered the risk factors of offending more broadly, the two areas rarely come together and little is yet known about the developmental factors that lead specifically to the persistent patterns of criminality, which cause so much harm to society. This chapter reviews some of the related literature in the area of criminal careers and developmental criminology in an effort to set the tone for the rest of the book, which addresses what is known and believed about the development of persistent offending. The review is divided into three sections: risk factors for antisocial conduct, research and theory on the life course and criminal careers, and risk factors for persistent offending, per se. It includes a detailed discussion of stability in offending, the life course perspective, attachment, child abuse, cumulative risk, neighborhoods, and Moffitt's taxonomy.

Keywords:   developmental criminology, chronic offending, risk factors for delinquency, criminal careers, life-course criminology, family, child abuse, parenting, cumulative risk, peers

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