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The Oxford Handbook of Criminology

The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (7th edn)

Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna, and Lesley McAra
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date: 13 April 2024

p. 1215. Developmental and life-course criminology: An overviewlocked

p. 1215. Developmental and life-course criminology: An overviewlocked

  • Darrick Jolliffe
  •  and Katherine M. Auty

Abstract

This chapter discusses the key concepts of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology (DLCC). It explains that DLCC is the result of the integration of developmental research, informed by psychology, individual differences and human development, with life-course research. The DLCC framework integrates all criminological investigation that brings a new perspective into the way antisocial and criminal behaviour starts, escalates, and concludes. The results of DLC research have been used to inform the content of developmental prevention programmes, such as associating impulsivity with an increased likelihood of later offending. The chapter tackles developmental and life-course theories that explain the main focus of the DLC research, which includes the social development model (SDM).

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