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Criminal TrajectoriesA Developmental Perspective$
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David M. Day and Margit Wiesner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479880058

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479880058.001.0001

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Theoretical Backdrop

Theoretical Backdrop

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Criminal Trajectories

David M. Day

Margit Wiesner

NYU Press

This chapter presents the history and theoretical underpinnings of criminal trajectory research. The chapter distinguishes between a short historical view and long historical view of theoretical contributions. The key concepts, theories, and studies discussed are drawn from the criminal career notion, Moffitt's dual taxonomy model, important longitudinal investigations, developmental criminology, developmental psychopathology, and the life-course sociological and life-span psychological theoretical frameworks of Glen Elder and Paul Baltes, respectively.

Keywords:   Theory, Historical background, Life course, Life span, Criminal career

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