Juvenile Offenders

Juveniles commit every type of crime. There are many developmental models that have been posited to explain childhood psychopathic personality characteristics and their criminal behavior.These models basically look at different developmental path that a juvenile takes from an early age that is influential in their criminal/delinquent behavior as they grow older. These patterns of behavior, some very aggressive and violent can have significant influence on the developmental of anti[social personality and behavior.  Issues of abuse, abandonment and instability may contribute, however, even those from normal happy homes can develop these same psychopathic characteristics.  Some that will be discussed in the readings include the Moffitt Developmental Theory and the Coercion Developmental Model. Clearly more research is needed to help identify individuals who are likely to develop into adult psychopaths.

Adult Psychopaths
Juvenile psychopaths grow into adult psychopaths. This is often a lifelong pattern of anti-social behavior that shows no remorse for victims. The level of psychopathy can be less aggressive as in a con artist to extremely violent such as a serial killer. Through the use of behavioral science analysis tools, we are able to understand the characteristics and patterns of psychopaths which can often lead to their apprehension. The FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit has been the leader in research and application of behavioral science techniques and tools to help understand these patterns and characteristics and are a vital partner for local and state law enforcement in these cases.



For this module, read the following in Bartol & Bartol:


Chapter 7 (5th ed.)

Active Learning Discussion Guidelines


In the Active Learning threaded discussion area, respond to the stated questions, including any relevance to and implications on the field of criminal justice. Be sure to discuss the issue(s) to which the question pertains. Remarks can include your opinion(s), but must be based on experience, research, and/or prior learning. Use this exercise to foster a rich dialogue with your colleagues about issues that are important to the field of criminal justice.




During the span of the discussion, you must post to the board on four unique days.




Your initial posting must be no less than 200 words and is due no later than Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT. The day you post will count as one of your required four unique postings.


You will also be required to post responses to at least three of your colleagues’ initial postings. Responses must be no less than 100 words, be posted on at least three unique days, and are due no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT.

Active Learning Discussion 4


The Active Learning Discussion Question for this module is posted on the Active Learning 4 Discussion Board.




  •     Post an initial response and then post responses to your classmates.
  •     Be sure to review both the Active Learning Discussion Guidelines in the Start Here menu before posting.

Written Assignment 4

Your written Assignment is:

Discuss the psychological issues in juvenile and adult psychopathy and the role of behavioral science analysis in helping to understand these issues.

This is a research-based APA review of literature assignment and cannot include any personal opinion, experience, or hypothetical scenarios. Consider using the readings for this module as a starting point and then use the research literature to gain a more in-depth view of what each group deals with in the course of their professional work. This must be in APA format and include a cover page, abstract, discussion, conclusion, and references. Your paper should go beyond the obvious, be written at a graduate level, and must be at least 1,200 words in length. You must use at least two outside scholarly and/or professional sources other than your textbook.  Remember, all resources including, but not limited to, journals, magazine, and/or books must be properly cited using APA style

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