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  NCJ Number: NCJ 243975     Find in a Library
  Title: Explanations for Offending
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Carrie Mulford
  Date Published: 05/2014
  Page Count: 2
  Series: OJJDP Justice Research Series
  Annotation: This publication summarizes findings from Bulletin 3: Explanations for Offending, one of a series of papers prepared for the study group on Transitions From Juvenile Delinquency to Adult Crime.
  Abstract: Five broad theoretical perspectives that explain juvenile to adult patterns of offending are described in this bulletin. These perspectives are: 1) Static theories in which behavior emerges in a predictable sequence and unfolds at roughly the same age for all individuals; 2) dynamic or life-course developmental models that assume a plasticity to human behavior the persists throughout life; 3) social psychological theories of criminal behavior that emphasize subjective life experiences; 4) the developmental psychopathological perspective that brings together ideas from several disciplines; and 5) the biopsychosocial perspective that regards behavior as a complex interaction among biological, psychological, interpersonal, and environmental processes.
  Main Term(s): Criminal career patterns
  Index Term(s): Adult offenders ; Young adult offenders ; Individual behavior ; Behavior patterns ; Offender classification ; Young juvenile offenders ; Risk taking behavior ; Juvenile crime patterns ; Juvenile offenders ; criminal behavior
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2008-IJ-CX-K402
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Report (Summary)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: For the complete report see NCJ-242933
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