12 Early Abuse and Neglect as Risk Factors for the Development of Criminal and Antisocial Behavior

  title={12 Early Abuse and Neglect as Risk Factors for the Development of Criminal and Antisocial Behavior},
  author={Patricia K. Kerig and Stephen P. Becker},
This chapter reviews current knowledge regarding how early abuse and neglect are linked to the development of criminal and antisocial behavior (CAB) in adolescence and adulthood. After defining the terms involved, this review describes some of the major theoretical formulations that attempt to explain the ways in which childhood abuse might influence CAB and then goes on to review the available research, with a focus on longitudinal studies and those that examine outcomes related to involvement… 

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