Ch 4: Developmental Theories of Delinquency

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Developmental Theories of Delinquency - Chapter Summary

Take a look at this chapter to review several developmental theories of delinquency. Our expert instructors explain many relevant theories, including Glueck's theory of juvenile delinquency, Sampson and Laub's age-graded theory, the general theory of crime and much more. You can supplement your studying experience by taking the included self-assessment quizzes and chapter exam. The chapter can be studied at any time of day or night, and our instructors are happy to answer any questions you may have about these developmental theories. Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain Glueck's theory of juvenile delinquency
  • Define the problem behavior syndrome
  • Summarize Sampson and Laub's age-graded theory
  • Evaluate examples of trajectory theory, latent trait theory and the general theory of crime

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: Developmental Theories of Delinquency
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Gluecks' Theory of Juvenile Delinquency

1. 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.

Problem Behavior Syndrome: Definition, Theory & Examples

2. Problem Behavior Syndrome: Definition, Theory & Examples

Problem behaviors are defined as patterned behaviors that cause serious issues. This lesson will explore Problem-Behavior Theory and Problem-Behavior Syndrome. We will discuss the link between Problem-Behavior Syndrome and 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.

Latent Trait Theory: Definition & Examples

4. Latent Trait Theory: Definition & Examples

Why do people commit crime? This lesson looks at one of the many theories meant to answer this question. The theory of latent traits is discussed, defined and some of the traits are listed and explained.

General Theory of Crime: Definition & Examples

5. General Theory of Crime: Definition & Examples

Crimes are prevalent as depicted in the media, but the causes of those crimes are not always known. During this lesson, we will discuss some different theories of crime and provide some examples that relate to modern society.

Trajectory Theory: Definition & Examples

6. Trajectory Theory: Definition & Examples

How does someone become a criminal? According to trajectory theory, there are multiple pathways to crime. This lesson will explore the pathways that put children at risk for engaging in delinquent behavior.

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