Chap9-DevelopmentalTheory

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    Chapter 9 Developmental Theories: Things Change…or Do They? 
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    Developmental Theories In the previous chapters, we looked at theories that  proposed somewhat distinct conditions or situations  as being the cause of crime. These approaches have difficulty explaining why  some people do not begin crime (onset), continue in  crime (persistence), or stop (desistance). Developmental theories attempt to explain all aspect  of a criminal career. Life-course theories – criminality is a dynamic  process. Latent-Trait theories – human development is  controlled by a “master trait”
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    Life-Course Fundamentals The ‘normal’ life is expected to follow a step- wise progression – a trajectory. However, along this path various things can  influence the progression or knock someone  off completely.
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