SELF - REPORTED OFFENDING AND CRIMINAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Keywords:pattern of crime, vandalism, shoplifting, assault, fraud, criminal careers
Although the age crime curve describes the pattern of crime on average in the population, individual differences in this pattern exist, with some individuals peaking in criminal behavior earlier, some individuals ceasing criminal behavior earlier, and some individuals continuing to engage in crime well into adulthood. Self-reported offending from ages 10 to 48 years is analyzed that focuses on the four developmental pathways model of criminal careers. The study shows that vandalism, shoplifting, assault and fraud were self-reported by more than half of the non-convicted males. The reason is that individuals who exhibit chronic or persistent offending, for example, tend to experience worse mental health, physical health, and economic problems than those on other non-convicted individuals.
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