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1. ? 2003 Wadsworth Publishing Co. Chapter 9Developmental Theories: Latent Trait and Life Course Criminology 9th and 10th edition
Larry J. Siegel
2. Questions What makes crime-prone individuals?
Are personal traits more important
than social variables
as predictors of criminal activity?
Do you think there is a
general theory of crime
for all crimes?
3. Developmental Theories
LATENT TRAIT THEORIES
LIFE COURSE THEORIES
4. Life Course and Latent Trait Theories
5. Latent Trait Theory Master Trait: Personal attributes may be present at birth or established early in life, and it remains stable over time, i.e., damaged or impulsive personality, defective intelligence, genetic abnormalities, and environmental influences on brain functions such as drugs, chemicals, and injuries.
Regardless of gender, those who maintain one of these suspect traits may be at risk to crime and criminal careers.
Propensity to commit crime is stable, criminal opportunities fluctuate over time, maturity brings less opportunity.
Early social control and proper parenting can reduce criminal propensity.
6. Latent Trait Theories The General Theory of Crime: Gottfredson and Hirschi
The Differential Coercion Theory: Colvin
The Control Balance Theory: Tittle
7. Latent Trait Theories:General Theory