New frontiers in criminal careers research, 2000-2011: A state-of-the-art review

Matt DeLisi, Alex R. Piquero

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Purpose: The criminal career paradigm is a major research focus in criminology, and the current state-of-the-art review explicates research published between 2000 and 2011. Materials and methods: Keyword searches of Science Direct, Scopus, and the National Criminal Justice Research Service produced 364 studies on criminal careers. Results: A narrative meta-review summarizes essential findings on the parameters of the criminal career, investigates emerging theoretical and disciplinary extensions that utilize the criminal career framework, and identifies 16 pressing research gaps. Conclusions: Although the study of criminal careers has been a dominant research area in criminology, its presence is likely to expand as research becomes more interdisciplinary and a longitudinal, biosocial perspective takes hold in the criminological sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-301
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes

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