Key Issues in Criminal Career Research

New Analyses of the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development

by Alex R. Piquero, David P. Farrington, Alfred Blumstein

Series: Cambridge Studies in Criminology

This book examines several contentious and under-studied criminal career issues using one of the world's most important longitudinal studies, the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development (CSDD), a longitudinal study of 411 South London boys followed in criminal records to age 40. The analysis reported in the book explores issues related to prevalence, offending frequency, specialization, onset sequences, co-offending, chronicity, career length, and trajectory estimation. The results of the study are considered in the context of developmental/life-course theories, and the authors outline an agenda for criminal career research generally, and within the context of the CSDD specifically.

  • Cambridge University Press; January 2007
  • ISBN: 9780511346187
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  • Title: Key Issues in Criminal Career Research
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Criminology
  • Author: Alex R. Piquero; David P. Farrington; Alfred Blumstein
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

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'This is the 5th book reporting the world-renowned Cambridge longitudinal Study of Delinquent Development, and in my view the best! We senior scientists who learned our first criminology facts from the CSDD will want to own this book, as will students newly learning criminology. This book is organised for busy readers' convenience, chapters are very concise, and each is summarised with a list of its new findings. Each chapter ends with a list of as-yet unanswered questions about crime; giving readers great ideas for new research projects! This book is brilliant on theory, it masterfully integrates developmental, life-course, and crime-careers theories, making sense of them all. 'Key issues' systematically examines fresh data on onset age, offender prevalence, violence specialization, crime seriousness, career duration, offending frequency, co-offending, chronicity, and developmental trajectories of crime careers. 'Key issues' is the best book about crime I have read in 5 years.' Terrie Moffitt, Institute of Psychiatry