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Summary: Why do individuals exposed to the same environment turn out so differently, with some engaging in crime and others abiding by societal rules and norms? Why are males involved in violent crime more often than females? And why do the precursors of serious pathological behavior typically emerge in childhood?Edition/Copyright: 08
Stephen G. Tibbetts is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at California State University, San Bernardino. He earned his undergraduate degree in criminology and law at University of Florida, and his Masters and Doctorate degrees at University of Maryland, College Park. For more than a decade, he worked as an Officer of the Court (Juvenile) in both Washington County, Tennessee, and then for San Bernardino County, California, in which he provided recommendations for disposing numerous juvenile court cases. He has published more than 30 scholarly publications in scientific journals (including Criminology and Justice Quarterly), as well as several books, all examining various topics regarding criminal offending or policies to reduce such behavior. His recent research interests include developmental and biosocial factors in predicting offending, particularly factors that affect brain function, as well as testing traditional theoretical models of criminal offending and gang intervention/prevention strategies. His most recent book is a co-edited anthology, American Youth Gangs at the Millennium (Waveland Press, 2005), which was given a Choice award by the American Library Association as an Outstanding Academic Title.
1. Life Course Criminology Life Course Criminology Origins of Life Course Criminology The Criminal Career Approach What is Life Course Criminology? Concepts and Issues in Life Course Criminology Life Course Theories of Criminal Behavior Theories of Stability and Change Developmental Trajectories and Typologies of Offenders Life Course Criminality
2. The Stability of Criminal and Analogous Behavior What Do We Mean by the Stability of Criminal Behavior? How is the Stability of Criminal Behavior Measured? Issues Related to the Measurement of Stability Empirical Findings on Stability Review of teh Stability of Problem Behavior Conclusion
3. Continuity in Antisocial Potential Continuity Heterotypic, Homotypic, and Cumulative Continuity State Dependence and Population Heterogeneity Sources of Continuity Genetic Continuity Person-Environment Interactions Conclusion
4. Genetics and Crime Early Biological Explanations Biological Rejection The New Study of Biology and Behavior The Behavioral Genetic Study of Criminality Conclusion
5. Introduction to Brain Structure and Basic Functions:
Part I: The Hindbrain, Midbrain, and Limbic Structures in the Development of Criminality Brain Development and Structure Conclusion
6. Introduction to Brain Structure and Basic Functions:
Part II: Forebrain Formation, Trauma, and Criminal Behavior Forebrain: Cortical Region Conclusion
7. Concepts and Issues in Neuropsychological Functioning Basic Structure and Functioning of our Nervous System Nervous System Functioning and Criminality Hormones and Their Effect on Physiology and Behavior Integrating Concepts of Physiology and Environment Conclusion
8. Gender Differences in Brain Processes and Laterality Gender Differences in Hemispheric Lateralization The Influence of Androgens (Male Hormones) A Developmental Theory for Gender Differences in Criminality Conclusion
9. Individuals and Their Social World Variation Left Unexplained by Genetic Influences Brain Plasticity is Environmentally Influenced The Correlation and Interaction Between Genes and Environment Developmental Risk Factors Effects of Alchohol and Drugs on Fetal Development Prenatal Exposure to Nicotine Biosocial Issues in Development Activity of Nervous System: Sensation Seeking Deficits in Neuropsychological Functioning Inidividuals in Their Environment
10. Prepubescence: Infancy and Childhood What Do We Mean by Problem Behavior in Infancy and Childhood? The Prevalence and Frequency of Problem Behavior in Infancy and Childhood Continuity in Problem Behaviors Over Time
11. Postpubescence: Adolescence and Adulthood What is Adolescence, and Why Did We Include Adulthood? Sexual Maturation and Human Development The Effects of Sexual Maturation Adolescent Development Adult Criminals
12. Policy Recommendations Contextual Factors Prior to Birth At Birth After Birth Child Development Adolescence Adulthood Caveats Closing Thoughts Index About the Authors
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