Learning Objectives

  • Define criminal behavior and juvenile delinquency.
  • Define antisocial behavior, conduct disorder, and antisocial personality disorder.
  • Review the offenses for which juveniles are most frequently charged.
  • Review the developmental approach to criminal behavior.
  • Summarize theories of Terrie Moffett and Laurence Steinberg.
  • Identify developmental factors most relevant to criminal behavior.
  • Specify the relationship between ADHD and delinquency.
  • Identify those firesetting behaviors that are precursors to offending.
  • Review research on adult psychopathy and juveniles with psychopathic characteristics.