Chapter 4 - 5-25-09 I) Chapter 4 The Development of...

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5.25.9 Chapter 4 – The Development of Habitual Criminal Behavior I) Developmental Factors in Juvenile Delinquency a. Developmental Theory (Moffitt) – main developmental paths of juvenile delinquency i. Life-course Persistent (LCP) – delinquency starts at a very early age and continues throughout adolescence and on into adulthood and continue their anti-social behaviors across all kinds of conditions and situations 1. “…across the life course, these individuals exhibit changing manifestations of anti-social behavior: biting and hitting at age four, shoplifting and truancy at age ten, selling drugs and stealing cars at age sixteen, robbery and rape at age twenty-two, and fraud and child abuse at age thirty” (Moffitt 1993). 2. Many LCP offenders exhibit neurological problems during childhood (ex – difficult temperaments, attention deficit disorders, hyperactivity, learning problems) 3. LCP represent 5% – 10% of juvenile delinquents ii. Adolescent Limited (AL) – delinquency begins in adolescence and usually ends at the start of
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