Developmental Taxonomy of Antisocial Behavior

Terrie E. Moffitt’s developmental taxonomy of antisocial behavior is an explanation of the age-crime curve. Research shows a strong continuity of antisocial behavior over time and that there is a huge peak in delinquency and offending during adolescence. Moffitt considers that these two observations represent two very different groups of people. The first is a group of people who exhibit a persistence of antisocial behaviors in one way or another at every stage of life, whereas the other is a group of individuals who exhibit antisocial behaviors only temporarily, during adolescence. This led to the development of two theoretical explanations to account for the continuity and discontinuity of individuals’ antisocial behavior: the (1) life-course persistent (LCP) and (2) adolescence-limited (AL) models. Moffitt also includes groups ...

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