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The Long View of Crime: A Synthesis of Longitudinal ResearchTaking Stock of Developmental Trajectories of Criminal Activity over the Life Course

The Long View of Crime: A Synthesis of Longitudinal Research: Taking Stock of Developmental... [Worldwide, criminologists have long been interested in the longitudinal patterning of criminal activity. Recently, methodological and statistical advances have “caught up” with longitudinal data and have provided criminologists with a unique window within which to study, document, and understand developmental trajectories of criminal activity. One such technique, the trajectory procedure, allows researchers to study howcriminal activity changes over time in a group-based framework. This methodology is well suited for studying crime over the life course because there may be different groups of offenders, their offending trajectories may exhibit different shapes at different ages, and they may be differentially affected by distinct factors. This paper presents an overview of the trajectory methodology, outlines its strengths and weaknesses, and summarizes key conclusions of the well over 80 studies that have used this technique. It concludes by pointing to several future research directions.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Long View of Crime: A Synthesis of Longitudinal ResearchTaking Stock of Developmental Trajectories of Criminal Activity over the Life Course

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Publisher
Springer New York
Copyright
© Springer-Verlag New York 2008
ISBN
978-1-4419-5752-8
Pages
23 –78
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-71165-2_2
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Worldwide, criminologists have long been interested in the longitudinal patterning of criminal activity. Recently, methodological and statistical advances have “caught up” with longitudinal data and have provided criminologists with a unique window within which to study, document, and understand developmental trajectories of criminal activity. One such technique, the trajectory procedure, allows researchers to study howcriminal activity changes over time in a group-based framework. This methodology is well suited for studying crime over the life course because there may be different groups of offenders, their offending trajectories may exhibit different shapes at different ages, and they may be differentially affected by distinct factors. This paper presents an overview of the trajectory methodology, outlines its strengths and weaknesses, and summarizes key conclusions of the well over 80 studies that have used this technique. It concludes by pointing to several future research directions.]

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: trajectories; crime; life-course; developmental

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