Chapter 2.7. The Development of Delinquent Behaviour

  1. David Carson Reader in Law and Behavioural Sciences2 and
  2. Ray Bull Professor of Criminological and Legal Psychology3
  1. Friedrich Lösel Professor of Psychology

Published Online: 2 MAR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470013397.ch10

Handbook of Psychology in Legal Contexts, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology in Legal Contexts, Second Edition

How to Cite

Lösel, F. (2003) The Development of Delinquent Behaviour, in Handbook of Psychology in Legal Contexts, Second Edition (eds D. Carson and R. Bull), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470013397.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Faculty of Law, The University, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, King Henry Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DY, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Psychology I, Lehrstuhl, Bismarckstrasse 1, 91054 Erlangen, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2005
  2. Published Print: 15 MAR 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471498742

Online ISBN: 9780470013397



  • delinquent behaviour;
  • ‘age curve’ of delinquent behaviour;
  • situational group processes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Pathways of Delinquent Development

  • Origins of Delinquent Development

  • Protective Factors against Delinquent Development

  • Psychosocial Interventions into Delinquent Development

  • Early Prevention of Delinquent Development

  • Situational Influences on Delinquent Behaviour

  • Conclusions

  • References