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

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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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Moffitt, TE

Published Date

  • October 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 100 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 674 - 701

PubMed ID

  • 8255953

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8255953

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-1471

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-295X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0033-295x.100.4.674

Language

  • eng