Forensic Psychology

Turning to crime

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Farrington et al. -the Cambridge study in delinque

Aims: 1) to document the start, duration and end of offending behaviour in families
2) to investigate the influence of life events

Design: prospective longitudinal study

Participants: 411 boys aged 8 and 9 (born 1953/4). From the registers of 6 state schools in east London. Mostly white working class. 397 different families involved. At age 48, 93% were interviewed

Results: 1) at age 48, of the 404 people searched in criminal records, 161 had convictions
2) the number of offences and offenders peaked at age 17
3) 93% admitted to committing at least one crime in their lives

Evaluation: -ethnocentric, gender biased
+Longitudinal, qualitative + quantitative data

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