Adolescence-limited offending

Alex R. Piquero, Brie Diamond, Wesley G. Jennings, Jennifer M. Reingle

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Life-Course Criminology
Subtitle of host publicationEmerging Trends and Directions for Future Research
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781461451136
ISBN (Print)9781461451129
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescence-limited
  • Age-crime curve
  • Developmental taxonomy
  • Moffitt

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