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Developmental Theories of Crime - Chapter Summary
Our instructors cover some of the developmental theories associated with crime in these engaging lessons. These include Glueck's theory of juvenile delinquency and social development theories in human development and growth. Even the toughest topics can be mastered by working at your own pace through our text and video lessons. The accompanying multiple-choice quizzes are a great way to assess your knowledge. If you struggle with any of the lessons, our instructors are happy to answer your questions. This chapter is designed to help you:
- Describe theories of social development in human growth
- Exhibit knowledge of Glueck's theory of juvenile delinquency
- Discuss the age-graded theory by Sampson and Laub
- Explain how the differential coercion theory applies to crime
- Outline the control balance theory by Charles Tittle
- Illustrate how developmental theories shape policy
1. Social Development Theories in Human Growth and Development
There are various theories on the social development of children. In this lesson, we will follow Sally as she meets with different psychologists, learning and differentiating between three of the most popular theories: psychoanalytic, social learning and attachment.
2. Gluecks' Theory of Juvenile Delinquency
In this lesson, you'll learn about the Gluecks' theory of juvenile delinquency. We'll discuss their groundbreaking study and which factors can best predict juvenile delinquency.
3. Sampson & Laub's Age-Graded Theory
Explore Sampson and Laub's age-graded theory, and learn about the academic research it's based on. Get insight into the theory's meaning to criminology as a whole so you can better understand factors that affect the committing of adolescent and adult crimes.
4. Differential Coercion Theory & Crime
Have you ever wondered what leads some people towards a life of crime, while others may never break a major law? This lesson will explain differential coercion theory, any related terms, the various factors involved, and its relationship to offending.
5. Tittle's Control Balance Theory
In this lesson, you will learn about Tittle's control balance theory and how a person's surroundings can influence behavior. You'll also learn how this theory explains criminal behavior.
6. How Policy is Shaped by Developmental Theories
The study of criminology has many theories to explain criminal behavior. In the lesson, we'll learn what the developmental theories are and how they help shape criminal justice policy.
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Other chapters within the Criminal Justice 104: Introduction to Criminology course
- Intro to Criminology
- Crime Categories, Characteristics & Elements
- Measuring Crime through Criminal Justice Research
- Crime Patterns & Trends
- Victimization in Criminal Justice
- Rational Choice & Trait Theories in Criminology
- Social Structure & Social Process Theories in Criminology
- Social Conflict Theories & Restorative Justice
- Overview of Violent Crime
- Types of Murder
- Types of Sex Crimes
- Basics of Property Crime
- Economic & Public Order Crimes
- Crimes of Moral Turpitude
- Political Crime & Terrorism
- Understanding Cyber Crime
- American Criminal Justice Systems
- Law Enforcement in America
- Punishment & Corrections
- Studying for Criminal Justice 104