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Thugs and Thieves: The Differential Etiology of Violence

Joanne Savage and Kevin H. Wozniak

Abstract

Why do some individuals commit violent offenses while others restrict themselves to nonviolent crime? Most people probably assume that criminologists know a great deal about the causes of violent offending. It might surprise them to know that there is little consensus about what distinguishes violent offenders from those who commit less serious crime. Further, most criminological theory and research applies mainly to lesser criminal offenses and most of the work published in developmental psychology applies best to general conduct problems, not necessarily physical aggression. The purpose of t ... More

Keywords: Violence, Aggression, Criminology, Developmental Psychology, Intelligence, Academic Achievement, Child Abuse, Poverty, Drug Use, Alcohol Use

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780195393583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393583.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanne Savage, author
Associate Professor, Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology, American University

Kevin H. Wozniak, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Boston