The Long View of Crime: A Synthesis of Longitudinal Research

Editors: Liberman, Akiva M. (Ed.)

  • Answers a key question in criminology: What have we learned from recent longitudinal studies of crime and delinquency?
  • Includes a synthesis of longitudinal studies in criminology over the last 25 years
  • Brings together prominent scholars in criminology to discuss theory, methodology, and impact of longitudinal studies in criminology
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Criminology has long been concerned with many questions that are inherently longitudinal. What is the developmental life-course of criminal behavior? Is there one general offending pattern or multiple offending patterns? Which early risk factors, if any, are strongly predictive of criminal behavior? Do particular interventions prevent or retard future criminal behavior?

Longitudinal research following individuals over many years has unique potential to answer such questions, although such studies take many years to conduct. Many longitudinal studies of crime and delinquency initiated since the 1980s have produced hundreds of published papers, providing an unprecedented opportunity to address such questions.

What have we learned? The six reviews in The Long View of Crime synthesize findings from about 200 papers from over 60 longitudinal studies. Three considerations guided the choice of topics for review: (a) a critical mass of studies; (b) an emphasis on longitudinal methods; and (c) policy relevance.

The volume focuses on adolescence. Several adolescent experiences are considered directly, including employment, gang involvement, and first arrests. Adolescence is also considered in relation to early childhood, from a focus on the end of adolescence, and as situated in the longer context of criminal careers.

The volume begins with an introduction and executive summary, and concludes with a chapter considering future directions in using longitudinal research to study causes of delinquency. In addition, an Appendix lists each longitudinal study in the volume along with essential study features, and cross-lists the studies with the reviews. This shows which longitudinal studies informed each topic, and also indicates analytic opportunities not yet explored.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"A Synthesis of Longitudinal Research seeks to capitalize on the rapidly accumulating numbers of longitudinal crime and delinquency studies. … The Long View of Crime is composed of seven independently authored chapters each dedicated to an in-depth examination of a specific aspect of the adolescent experience as addressed by longitudinal research on crime and delinquency. … A salient strength of the book is the analysis of the longitudinal method itself. … useful for the book’s target audience of researchers and practitioners." (Stephen E. Tillotson, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Vol. 38, 2009)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Synthesizing Recent Longitudinal Findings

    Liberman, Akiva M.

    Pages 3-20

  • Taking Stock of Developmental Trajectories of Criminal Activity over the Life Course

    Piquero, Alex R.

    Pages 23-78

  • What we have Learned about Early Childhood and the Development of Delinquency

    Shaw, Daniel S. (et al.)

    Pages 79-127

  • Longitudinal Perspectives on Adolescent Street Gangs

    Krohn, Marvin D. (et al.)

    Pages 128-160

  • A Review of Research on the Impact on Crime of Transitions to Adult Roles

    Siennick, Sonja E. (et al.)

    Pages 161-187

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Long View of Crime: A Synthesis of Longitudinal Research
Editors
  • Akiva M. Liberman
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-71165-2
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-71165-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-71087-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2431-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-5752-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 318
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