Adolescent, Antisocial Behavior And Behavior

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On the other hand, Moffitt (1993) also identifies adolescent-limited as part of the adolescent offenders. Adolescent-limited antisocial behaviour is defined by antisocial behaviour that starts occurring during adolescence and discontinues at the beginning of adulthood. These individuals have no history of antisocial behaviour in their childhood and are unlikely to continue this behaviour in the future. They are also not consistent with their antisocial behaviour in different situations. While life-course-persistent individuals act antisocially in all situations, changing their type of antisocial behaviour to fit the circumstances, adolescent-limited individuals might only express antisocial behaviours in certain situations, but not in others. Causes of Adolescent-Limited Antisocial Behaviour The cause of adolescent-limited antisocial behaviour is theorised for one to be social mimicry. Adolescents who do not express life-course-persistent antisocial behaviour, might still know or observe individual who do. Adolescents might observe an advantage in this behaviour and start to mimic it. This advantage might be a mature status that is accompanied by power and privilege. It can be argued that industrialisation and the resulting consequence of children achieving the social adult statutes later and later in life, leads to a maturity gap, where the biological age and social age do not match up. This may lead to a increased desire for maturity statues within adolescents.
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