The developmental taxonomy


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© Oxford University Press 2019. All rights reserved. This chapter considers whether the peak in the age–crime curve is a function of active offenders committing more crime during adolescence or a function of more individuals actively offending in the peak years. It discusses the two main and most empirically tested typological groupings: the life-course persistent group and the adolescence limited group. The chapter then reviews the evidence on a theoretically interesting grouping: those who abstain from antisocial and offending behavior. It focuses on the debate regarding whether those who were originally thought to recover from early-onset antisocial behavior have childhood-limited antisocial behavior or exhibit low-level chronic antisocial behavior across the life course. Finally, the chapter discusses how the theory it introduces accounts for adult-onset offending and considers whether there are gender differences that need to be accounted for by the theory.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McGee, TR; Moffitt, TE

Published Date

  • January 1, 2018

Book Title

  • The Oxford Handbook of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology

Start / End Page

  • 149 - 158

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780190201371

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190201371.013.9

Citation Source

  • Scopus