The Development of Persistent Criminality

Hardcover | February 17, 2009

byJoanne Savage

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The Development of Persistent Criminality addresses one of the most pressing problems of modern criminology: Why do some individuals become chronic, persistent offenders? Because chronic offenders are responsible for the majority of serious crimes committed, understanding which individualswill become chronic offenders is an important step in helping us develop interventions. This volume bridges the gap between the criminological literature, which has recently focused on the existence of various criminal trajectories, and the developmental psychology literature, which has focused onrisk factors for conduct problems and delinquency. In it, chapters by some of the most widely published authors in this area unite to contribute to a knowledge base which will be the next major milestone in the field of criminology. The authors of this volume represent a unique gathering ofinternational, interdisciplinary social problem so that we can prevent the enormous human and economic costs associated with serious crimes, these authors share their insights and findings on topics such as families and parenting, poverty, stressful life events, social support, biology and genetics,early onset, foster care, educational programs for juvenile offenders, deterrence, and chronic offending among females. Significant attention is paid throughout to longitudinal studies of offending. Several authors also share new theoretical approaches to understanding persistence and chronicity inoffending, including an expansion of the conceptualization of the etiology of self-control, a discussion of offender resistance to social control, a dynamic developmental systems approach to understanding offending in young adulthood, and the application of Wikstrom's situational action theory topersistent offending.

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The Development of Persistent Criminality addresses one of the most pressing problems of modern criminology: Why do some individuals become chronic, persistent offenders? Because chronic offenders are responsible for the majority of serious crimes committed, understanding which individualswill become chronic offenders is an important s...

Joanne Savage is an Associate Professor at American University. She holds a Ph.D. from the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, at Irvine. She is interested in the "big picture" of violence in America, and has published articles on a variety of topics related to that issue including inequality, race, social capita...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:February 17, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195310314

ISBN - 13:9780195310313

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1. Joanne Savage: Understanding Persistent Offending: Linking Developmental Psychology with Research on the Criminal CareerSection 1: The Family, Poverty, and Stressful Life Events2. Linda S. Pagani: The Influence of Family Context on the Development and Persistence of Antisocial Behavior3. Carter Hay and Walter Forrest: The Implications of Family Poverty for a Pattern of Persistent Offending4. Stephanie Ellis and Joanne Savage: Strain, Social Support, and Persistent Criminality5. Timothy O. Ireland, Craig J. Rivera and John P. Hoffman: Developmental Trajectories, Stressful Life Events, and Delinquency6. Paul Millar: The Effects of the Family on Children's Behavioural DifficultiesSection 2: Biosocial Influences on Persistent Criminality7. Patick Sylvers, Stacy R. Ryan, S. Amanda Alden, and Patricia A. Brennan: Biological Factors and the Development of Persistent Criminality8. John Paul Wright and Kevin M. Beaver: A Systematic Approach to Understanding Human Variability in Serious, Persistent Offending9. Steve G. Tibbetts: Perinatal and Developmental Determinants of Early Onset of Offending: A Biosocial Approach for Explaining the Two Peaks of Early Antisocial BehaviorSection 3: Special Topics and Populations10. Asha Goldweber, Lisa M. Broidy, and Elizabeth Cauffman: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Persistent Female Offending: A Review of Theory and Research11. Mary Ann Davis: Foster Care Youth: Aging Out of Care to Criminal Activities12. Thomas G. Blomberg, William D. Bales, and Courtney A. Waid: Educational Achievement Among Incarcerated Youth: Post-Release Schooling, Employment and Crime DesistanceSection 4: Methodology for Understanding the Criminal Career13. Alex R. Piquero: Methodological Issues in the Study of Persistence in Offending14. Manfred H.M. van Dulmen, Elizabeth A. Goncy, Andrea Vest, and Daniel J. Flannery: Group-Based Trajectory Modeling of Externalizing Behavior Problems from Childhood through Adulthood: Exploring Discrepancies in the Empirical Findings15. KiDeuk Kim: Sanction Threats and Desistance from CriminalitySection 5: Conceptualizing the Persistent Offender16. Rudy Haapanen, Lee Britton, Tim Croisdale, and Branko Coebergh: Serious Juvenile Offenders and Persistent Criminality17. Travis C. Pratt: Reconsidering Gottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory of Crime: Linking the Micro- and Macro-Level Sources of Self-Control and Criminal Behavior Over the Life Course18. Deborah M. Capaldi and Margit Wiesner: A Dynamic Developmental Systems Approach to Understanding Offending in Early Adulthood19. Per-Olof H. Wikstrom and Kyle Treiber: What Drives Persistent Offending? The Neglected and Unexplored Role of the Social EnvironmentSection 6: Conclusions20. Joanne Savage: What Have We Learned? Directions for Future Research and Policy