Developmentaltrajectory discusses behavior changes over time and age. Conductdisorders mostly emerge at young age or adolescence and may perseverefor the entire life. Early onset is evident, and treatment isnecessary for the termination of disruptive behaviors in children(Allgood, Mustard, & Warren, 1999). People are more likely toparticipate in crime at childhood than at their order age. The paperdescribes developmental trajectory based on personality traits thatinfluence persistent involvement in the crime.
Trendsthat involve arrest of juveniles for various crimes prove thatcrime-related personality traits are established at an early age.Delinquent behavior can be predicted using various traits. Childrenwho are likely to become criminals in future may not haveself-control (Sprott & Doob, 1998). Behavior change andacquisition of disruptive traits can be effective if a sense ofdirection is not declared in a person. Peer pressure is an aspectthat is believed to affect the behavior of the youth. The anxiety toattempt anything is found in children. Therefore, it is easy for achild who does not have the self-control to acquire delinquentbehavior, which may persists in the rest of life. Criminal peersinclude individuals who abuse drugs (Huizinga, Loeber, Thornberry, &Cothern, 2000). Peer influence is a factor that persuades children tobecome criminals. Individuals who are not able to manage theirimpulsivity or temperature find themselves doing things that they hadnot planned such as crime. As a result, the behavior develops intheir mindset and continues throughout their life.
Moreover,aggressiveness is a trait that is common in the youths. Aggressivechildren are hostile and are likely to opt for violence to attaintheir desires. Individuals who possess the trait are not good insocializing and listening to advice. Aggressive youths are associatedwith behavior such as fighting, damaging things, possessing weapons,and skipping school. Progressive involvement of youths in violent ordisruptive activities influences the development of persistedcriminal behavior (Sprott & Doob, 1998). Aggressivenesscontributes to the acquisition of violent and antisocial behavior inchildren at their early age.
Risktaking is a personality trait that is associated with involvement ofchildren in criminal activities. Individuals are motivated byspecific factors to offend others. Children who are risk takers arelikely to do things that are dangerous to achieve their desires. Thepossible consequences of certain actions may not prevent childrenwith a risk-taking personality to stop their intentions (Allgood,Mustard, & Warren, 1999). The innermost motivation to attempt newthings lead youths into a delinquent behavior. An individual attitudeto violent or disruptive behavior is influenced by the risk-takingcharacteristic.
Concentrationproblems make individuals to lose focus and self-esteem. Children whohave the trait are likely to perform poorly in academics and otherareas. Moreover, moral values and other positive traits may not beacquired if concentration issues are developed. Emotional stress andpsychological disturbance may influence concentration problems inyouths (Huizinga, Loeber, Thornberry, & Cothern, 2000). Theindividuals are likely to engage in delinquent activities to achievetheir goals. Children with concentration problems acquire thedisruptive behavior such as violence, which persist resulting in astable criminal life.
Inconclusion, persistent problem behavior onset at childhood andprevail throughout the lifetime. Developmental trajectory needs to bemonitored, and the appropriate strategies developed and implementedto help children to acquire positive behavior.
Allgood, S., Mustard, D. B., & Warren Jr, R. S. (1999). Theimpact of youth criminal behavior on adult earnings. Manuscript,University of Georgia.
Huizinga, D., Loeber, R., Thornberry, T. P., & Cothern, L.(2000). Co-occurrence of delinquency and other problem behaviors.Juvenile Justice Bulletin, 11, 1-7.
Sprott, J. B., & Doob, A. N. (1998). Applied Research BranchStrategic Policy Human Resources Development Canada Directiongénérale de la recherche appliquée Politique stratégique.
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