Developmental and life-course criminology are both concerned with the study of changes in offending and problem behaviors over time. Although these two theoretical approaches share some common features, they also differ in the concepts that they deem to be of focal concern. The life-course perspective gives increased importance to social structure, whereas the developmental approach generally tends to focus more on psychological factors to explain developmental processes. In many instances, these two approaches have been employed in the context of similar studies but with slightly different focuses. Many of the issues addressed in criminal career research are also relevant to developmental and life-course criminology.
Article. 3916 words.
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology
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