Chapter 3. Development and Criminal Behaviour

  1. David A. Crighton Deputy Chief Psychologist visiting Professor Deputy Head Consultant Psychologist past Secretary Treasurer Chief Examiner editorial board member1 and
  2. Graham J. Towl MPhil Chief Psychologist visiting Professor member Head recipient past Chair Treasurer external examiner2

Published Online: 12 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch3

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

How to Cite

Crighton, D. A. and Towl, G. J. (2008) Development and Criminal Behaviour, in Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch3

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universities of Aberdeen, London, UK

  2. 2

    Universities of Durham, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160100

Online ISBN: 9781444301724



  • development and criminal behaviour;
  • qualitative and quantitative methods;
  • ecological and developmental stage models;
  • early social interaction;
  • dynamic-maturational model of attachment strategies;
  • parenting styles - authoritarian, authoritative and permissive;
  • child abuse and physical punishment;
  • Separation Anxiety Test (SAT);
  • pro-social behaviours;
  • peer group influences and marked importance throughout childhood


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Ecological and Stage Models of Development

  • Biological Factors in Development

  • Early Experience

  • Child Abuse and Physical Punishment

  • Aggressive Behaviour

  • Summary

  • Notes