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Handbook of Life-Course Criminology

Emerging Trends and Directions for Future Research

Gibson, Chris L., Krohn, Marvin D. (Eds.)

2013, XIII, 341 p. 19 illus.

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  • Comprehensive coverage of Criminology research at each stage of Life-Course development
  • Covers impact of genetics, environment, life events in cases and specific research methodologies
  • Presents current state of research with areas for future development
  • Foreword by Terrie E. Moffitt, Knut Schmidt Nielsen Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

The Handbook of Life-Course Criminology covers genetics and environment, child offenders and late bloomers, the impact of school and peers, lifelong and time-limited criminal careers, and qualitative and quantitative methodologies. This unique Handbook is further set apart by its dual coverage of the leading edge of current research and innovative directions for future work in the field.

Pathways to crime have been a central concept of criminology from its inception. Accordingly, a lifespan approach to the field has replaced earlier biological and sociological perspectives with a more nuanced understanding of offender behavior and a wider lens of study. The contributions to this Handbook break down issues of criminal and antisocial behavior from early childhood to late adulthood, examining developmentally targeted prevention and intervention strategies and reviewing emerging trends in research. Among the topics:

-Childhood: physical aggression in childhood, pre- and peri-natal development, and environment.
-Adolescence: the impact of schooling, unstructured time with peers, gang membership and peer networks.
-Adulthood: Adult onset crime, unemployment in emerging adulthood, crime and adult outcomes.
-Prevention and Intervention: community programs, lifetime intervention strategies, re-entry.

"This Handbook should be required reading for all criminologists."
David P. Farrington, Professor of Psychological Criminology, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

“...it lays out rich agendas for future research that should inspire the next generation of developmental criminologists.”
Daniel S. Nagin,
Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics, Carnegie Melon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Crime Prevention and Intervention - Criminal Policy - Domestic Violence - Drug Abuse Prevention - Emerging Adulthood - Quantitative Criminology - Youth Gangs

Related subjects » Criminology & Criminal Justice - Personality & Social Psychology

Table of contents 

Foreword.- Physical Aggression in Childhood.- Biology and Crime.- Molecular Genetics and the Environment.- Genetic Plasticity.- Neighborhood Effects on the Development of Childhood Aggression and Interpersonal Violence.- The Impact of Schooling Across the Life-Course.- Unstructured Time Spent with Peers and Its Impact on Persistent Criminal Involvement.- Adolescent-Limited Offenders.- The Long Term Impact of Adolescent Gang Membership.- Peer Networks.- Adult Onset and the Late Bloomer Phenomenon.- Employment and Crime in the Emerging Adulthood Years.- Quantitative Research on Desistance.- Qualitative Research on Disistance.- Propensity for Crime and Adult Outcomes.- Communities that Care Programs.- The State of Prevention and Intervention Strategies Over the Lifecourse.- Re-entry over the Life Course.

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