Pros And Cons Of Developmental Theories

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Developmental theories are different from integrated theories because they focus on individual development (Bohm & Vogel, 2011). Developmental theorists believe that certain factors in a person’s life will lead them to commit crime at different points in their life, regardless of their upbringing. As a child, coming from a family with strong morals and values, they will have the strong upbringing that will more than likely keep them from delinquency. As a person grows from a child to adolescence, peers play a major factor in if a person chooses delinquency and even drug use. As a person grows into adulthood, their livelihood and relationship with a significant other are contributing factors in determining if a person chooses to act in delinquent ways. The key difference with…show more content…
149). Sampson and Laub age-graded theory of informal social control is pretty relevant in how children starting at an early age become delinquent and begin to use and abuse drugs. They believe that “crime and delinquency are likely to occur when an individual’s bond to society is weakened or broken” (Bohm & Vogel, 2011, p. 149). I whole heartedly agree with their theory because I have witnessed friends and family members become delinquents because their bond to society was diminished. Developmental theorists believe that in a person’s life course, there are several stages of criminal development. The first stage of criminal development is onset and this early entrance into delinquency starts at childhood with behavior problems such as bullying, cheating, and lying (Bohm & Vogel, 2011). Continuity is the second stage of criminal development and it shows that the behavior somewhat remains the same. It is important to understand that

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