This collection of original essays is an innovative, effective way to teach crime theory to undergraduates. Each essay brings an important crime theory to life by applying that theory to a current crime event or topic of interest to students. An original introductory essay by Don Gibbons explains the origins of these different explanations for criminal behavior, and how they are similar to and different from one another.

Understanding Illicit Drug Use: Lessons from Developmental Theory

Understanding Illicit Drug Use: Lessons from Developmental Theory

Understanding illicit drug use: Lessons from developmental theory

Illicit drug use is one of the more common deviant behaviors in which adolescents engage. Unfortunately, illicit drug use is associated with numerous negative consequences. For example, drugs have been linked to educational problems, delinquency, reduced productivity, and domestic violence (Office of National Drug Control Policy 1998:15–18). Drug-related deaths increased by 42 percent between 1990 and 1995 (p. 12). The annual societal costs associated with illegal drugs are estimated to be approximately $62 billion (p. 12). Clearly, better ways of preventing and reducing drug use need to be developed. One of the best ways in which to achieve such a goal is to develop an improved theoretical understanding of illicit ...

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