One of the strongest correlates of crime is age, with a common empirical finding of an adolescent rise and peak of offending. One theory in particular, Moff tt's developmental taxonomy, advances a specific hypothesis for the age-crime relationship, with a focus on a specific typology of offenders, adolescence-limited, who offend for specific reasons during adolescence. This chapter reviews the adolescence-limited hypothesis, relevant empirical research, and concludes with summary statements, challenges to Moffitt's adolescence-limited hypothesis, and directions for future research.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Life-Course Criminology|
|Subtitle of host publication||Emerging Trends and Directions for Future Research|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2013|
- Age-crime curve
- Developmental taxonomy