Self-Control and Crime Over the Life-Course by Carter Hay and Ryan C. Meldrum
Dr. Carter Hay of Florida State University and I have written a book for Sage Publications that provides a current, interdisciplinary perspective on theory and research on self-control as it relates to delinquency, crime, and the criminal justice system. While much of the research within criminology has focused on testing Gottfredson and Hirschi's model of self-control developed in A General Theory of Crime, there are several perspectives outside of criminology that have received as much if not more attention, including those from the fields of neuroscience and psychology. The purpose of the book is to not only provide a comprehensive review of what research from these disparate disciplines has revealed about the causes and consequences of self-control, but to also develop an integrated framework for understanding self-control across the life-course that draws upon elements from the various models that have been developed.
Praise for Self-Control and Crime Over the Life Course
"This book provides an excellent overview of the large body of research on self-control, both within and outside of criminology... I highly recommend it as the best single source on this key concept in criminology." Robert Agnew, Emory University
"Hay and Meldrum, two of the field's most foremost thinkers on self-control have brought together this literature in a careful and easy going way...A wonderful overview of the state of the science with many nuggets for future research outlined." Alex R. Piquero, University of Texas at Dallas
"Hay and Meldrum have put together an impressive book that covers the sweeping literature on self-control and its impact on human behavior. This is an indispensable resource for students and scholars interested in understanding one of criminology's most consistent predictors of criminal behavior." J.C. Barnes, University of Cincinnati
"Hay and Meldrum provide a masterful and timely synthesis of the disparate literatures on self-control, one of the most important concepts in the study of antisocial behavior and deviance. Their clear, cogent, and objective assessment will not only inform ongoing research, but will also provide direction to the next generation of criminologists." Michael D. Reisig, Arizona State University