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Biosocial Theories of Crime

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

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Moffitt, TE
July 5, 2017

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-persislent 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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9780754629191

Publication Date

July 5, 2017

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69 / 96
 

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Moffitt, T. E. (2017). Adolescence-limited and life-course-persistent antisocial behavior: A developmental taxonomy. In Biosocial Theories of Crime (pp. 69–96).
Moffitt, T. E. “Adolescence-limited and life-course-persistent antisocial behavior: A developmental taxonomy.” In Biosocial Theories of Crime, 69–96, 2017.
Moffitt TE. Adolescence-limited and life-course-persistent antisocial behavior: A developmental taxonomy. In: Biosocial Theories of Crime. 2017. p. 69–96.
Moffitt, T. E. “Adolescence-limited and life-course-persistent antisocial behavior: A developmental taxonomy.” Biosocial Theories of Crime, 2017, pp. 69–96.
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ISBN

9780754629191

Publication Date

July 5, 2017

Start / End Page

69 / 96