Loeber, Rolf, and Magda Stouthamer-Loeber: Pathways to Crime
Developmental psychologists have described some key characteristics about the development of delinquency. For instance, studies, such as LeBlanc et al.'s 1991 study, have revealed that less serious forms of deviant behavior often precede more serious behaviors. In addition, in 1982 Loeber found that youths who exhibit disruptive behavior earlier in life often engage in a wider variety of delinquent behaviors during adolescence. These youths also tend to commit more serious offenses at a higher rate than youths who have a later onset of antisocial behavior, as noted by Loeber et al. in 1991. Using these principles, Loeber et al. in 1993 set forth a typology of disruptive behavior that describes the developmental sequences of delinquency. Loeber and his colleagues investigate how delinquent behavior develops along sequential pathways. They stated five hypotheses regarding the development of delinquent behavior. First, they argued that antisocial behaviors often develop along an identifiable pathway. This ...