Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Integrated Cognitive Antisocial Potential Theory

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_500



Developmental and life-course criminology (DLC) focuses on the development of offending and antisocial behavior, risk and protective factors, and the effects of life events. The ICAP theory specifies the risk and protective factors that influence the development of long-term antisocial potential (varying between individuals) and the situational factors that influence short-term antisocial potential (varying within individuals over time). It also specifies the cognitive processes that influence whether the antisocial potential becomes the actuality of offending in any situation and the consequences of offending that have feedback influences on antisocial potential. Tests of the ICAP theory and its research and policy implications are described.

Developmental and Life-Course Theories

Developmental and life-course criminology (DLC) is...

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  1. 1.Institute of CriminologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK