Adolescence-limited and life-course-persistent antisocial behavior: A developmental taxonomy


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© 2000 Stephen Farrall. A dual taxonomy is presented to reconcile 2 incongruous facts about antisocial behavior: (a) It shows impressive continuity over age, but (b) its prevalence changes dramatically over age, increasing almost 10-fold temporarily during adolescence. This article suggests that delinquency conceals 2 distinct categories of individuals, each with a unique natural history and etiology: A small group engages in antisocial behavior of 1 sort or another at every life stage, whereas a larger group is antisocial only during adolescence. According to the theory of life-course-persistent antisocial behavior, children's neuropsychological problems interact cumulatively with their criminogenic environments across development, culminating in a pathological personality. According to the theory of adolescence-limited antisocial behavior, a contemporary maturity gap encourages teens to mimic antisocial behavior in ways that are normative and adjustive.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Moffitt, TE

Published Date

  • July 5, 2017

Book Title

  • The Termination of Criminal Careers

Start / End Page

  • 405 - 432

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780754620853

Citation Source

  • Scopus