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Criminological Theory: A Life-Course Approach

Author(s): Matt DeLisi, PhD, Associate Professor, Iowa State University
Kevin M. Beaver, Assistant Professor, Florida State University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Tallahassee, Florida
  • ISBN-13: 9780763771362
  • Paperback    282 pages      © 2011
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In order to understand the perpetuance of crime, multiple influences in offenders’ lives must be considered. Criminological Theory: A Life-Course Approach explores criminal and anti-social behavior by examining important factors occurring at each stage of life. This collection of cutting-edge scholarship comprehensively covers life-course antisocial behavior ranging from prenatal factors, to childhood examples of disruptive behavior, delinquency, and adult crime. Diverse research from internationally recognized experts on criminal behavior brings readers towards a sharpened understanding of crime and the prevailing life-course approach.

New Edition publishing January 2013

Features & Benefits

  • Provides an interdisciplinary perspective covering sociological, psychological, biological, and policy issues pertaining to criminal behavior.
  • Focuses on diverse topics including conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, and an array of factors relating to adult criminal careers.
  • Authored by internationally recognized criminologists with diverse research and/or practitioner expertise, such as John Paul Wright, David Farrington, Scott Decker, and Jeff Ulmer.


Applicable Courses

Ideal as a required or supplemental text for undergraduate and graduate Criminological Theory and Criminology courses. Also appropriate for the following courses: Crime and Delinquent Behavior, Life-Course Criminology, Biosocial Criminology, and Delinquency. 

Part  I  Aggression (Prenatal and Childhood)
  Chapter  1  Biosocial Bases of Antisocial Behavior
Yaling Yang, Yu Gao, Andrea Glenn, Melissa Peskin, Robert Schug, Adrian Raine
  Chapter  2  Prenatal and Perinatal Predictors of Antisocial Behavior: Review of Research and Interventions
Stephen Tibbetts
  Chapter  3  Prenatal Insults and the Development of Persistent Criminal Behavior
John Paul Wright
  Chapter  4  Developmental Neurobiology from Embryonic Neuron Migration to Adolescent Synaptic Pruning: Relevance for Antisocial Behavior
Anthony Walsh, Ilhong Yun
Part  II  Delinquency (Adolescence and Early Adulthood)
  Chapter  6  Substance Use Careers and Antisocial Behavior: A Biosocial Life Course Perspective
Michael Vaughn, Brian Perron
  Chapter  7  Developmental Trajectories of Exposure to Violence
Daniel Flannery, Manfred Van Dulman, Andrea Mata
  Chapter  8  A Partial Test of Social Structure Social Learning: Neighborhood Disadvantage, Differential Association with Delinquent Peers, and Delinquency
Chris Gibson, Traci Poles, Ronald Ackers
  Chapter  9  Timing is Everything: Gangs, Gang Violence and the Life Course
Scott Decker, David Pyrooz
Part  III  Crime (Adulthood)
  Chapter  10  Developmental and Life-Course Criminology: Theories and Policy Implications
David Farrington
  Chapter  11  Self-Control Theory and Antisocial Behavior
George Higgins, Margaret Mahoney
  Chapter  12  Serial Crime: The Psychology of Behavioral Consistency and Applications to Linking
C. Gabrielle Salfati
  Chapter  13  Symbolic Interactionism and Crime in the Life Course
Jeffery Ulmer
  Chapter  14  A “Good Lives” Approach to Rehabilitation
Edward Manier, Truce Ordoña, C. Robert Cloninger
  Chapter  15  Never Desisters: A Descriptive Study of the Life-Course-Persistent Offender
Matt DeLisi, PhD, Anna Kosloski, Alan Drury, Michael Vaughn, Kevin Beaver, Chad Trulson, John Paul Wright
  Chapter  16  Evolutionary Psychological Perspectives on Men’s Partner-Directed Violence
Farnaz Kaighobadi, Todd Shackelford

Matt DeLisi, PhD-Associate Professor, Iowa State University

Matt DeLisi (Ph.D.) is Professor and Coordinator of Criminal Justice Studies and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University. Professor DeLisi's primary research interests include criminal careers/career criminals, self-control theory, corrections, psychopathy, and the molecular/behavioral genetics of antisocial behavior. Professor DeLisi is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and Association for Psychological Science. The Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Criminal Justice, Dr. DeLisi has published nearly 200 scholarly works.

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Kevin M. Beaver-Assistant Professor, Florida State University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Tallahassee, Florida

Kevin M. Beaver is Assistant Professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. He has received a number of awards in recognition of his scholarship, including the National Institute of Justice’s Graduate Research Fellowship and the American Society of Criminology’s Ruth Conle Shavan Young Scholar Award. His research examines the interplay between biological and environmental factors in the development of antisocial phenotypes. He has published articles in a wide array of criminology, genetic, and public health journals and he is author of Biosocial Criminology: A Primer (Kendall/Hunt, 2009) and co-editor of Biosocial Criminology: New Directions in Theory and Research (Routledge, 2009).    
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