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Ch 9: Developmental Theories of Crime

About This Chapter

It's easy to understand the developmental theories of crime after reviewing the lessons in this helpful chapter. Our text and video lessons outline key topics related to this aspect of criminology so you can catch up after missed class time or prepare for an upcoming class project.

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

6 Lessons in Chapter 9: Developmental Theories of Crime
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Social Development Theories in Human Growth and Development

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.

Gluecks' Theory of Juvenile Delinquency

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.

Sampson & Laub's Age-Graded Theory

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.

Differential Coercion Theory & Crime

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.

Tittle's Control Balance Theory

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.

How Policy is Shaped by Developmental Theories

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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