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Palgrave's Frontiers in Criminology Theory

Drug Abuse and Antisocial Behavior

A Biosocial Life Course Approach

Authors: Salas-Wright, Christopher P., Vaughn, Michael G., Reingle González, Jennifer M.

  • Provides fresh insight into the complex relationships between drug abuse and crime
  • Presents cutting-edge research on the genetics and neurobiology of addiction and antisocial behavior
  • Illustrates the importance of biosocial and life course theory in understanding the onset, escalation, and cessation of drug abuse and criminal behavior
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About this book

This book is rooted in the conviction that human biology plays a critical role in understanding drug abuse and antisocial behavior. In the same breath, however, it fundamentally affirms the importance of the many social and environmental factors that influence our behavior across the life course. The study begins with an overview of the scope of the problem of drug abuse and crime, and an examination of how these problems often feed into one another. Building upon that foundation, the focus shifts to a review of cutting-edge research on the genetics and neurobiology of addiction and antisocial behavior  across the developmental periods of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. An exploration of the implications of a biosocial life course approach in terms of drug abuse prevention, and an examination of what lies ahead for drug abuse and criminological research conclude this detailed and timely book. Policy makers, practitioners and scholars of criminology and sociology will find this of particular interest.

About the authors

Christopher Salas-Wright is Assistant Professor in the Boston University School of Social Work, USA. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Youth and Adolescence and Journal of Criminal Justice.
Michael Vaughn is Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary PhD program in the School of Social Work, College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University, USA. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of drug abuse and crime.
Jennifer Reingle Gonzalez is Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Dallas, USA. She has authored a leading textbook on research methods in criminology and criminal justice.

Reviews

“Is there anything new under the sun on the topic of drug abuse? Yes! This must-read book brings together the latest science, biological, social, and life-course developmental, in one very readable package. I recommend it for experts and for students encountering the topic of drug abuse for the first time.” (Terrie Moffitt, Professor, Duke University and King’s College London)

“A top-notch synthesis—with all the necessary nuances—of the present biosocial state of knowledge with regards to drug abuse and antisocial behavior across the life course.” (Richard E. Tremblay, Professor, University College Dublin and University of Montreal)

“An excellent, informative, and wide-ranging book on the interactions between biological and social factors -- in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood -- in influencing drug abuse and antisocial behavior.” (David P. Farrington, Emeritus Professor, Cambridge University)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The Scope of the Problem

    Salas-Wright, Christopher P. (et al.)

    Pages 1-28

  • Prevailing Conceptions of Drug Abuse and Addiction

    Salas-Wright, Christopher P. (et al.)

    Pages 29-52

  • Genetic Underpinnings

    Salas-Wright, Christopher P. (et al.)

    Pages 53-72

  • Neurobiological Contributions

    Salas-Wright, Christopher P. (et al.)

    Pages 73-91

  • Childhood Antecedents of Drug Abuse and Antisocial Behavior

    Salas-Wright, Christopher P. (et al.)

    Pages 93-128

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55817-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55816-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Drug Abuse and Antisocial Behavior
Book Subtitle
A Biosocial Life Course Approach
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave's Frontiers in Criminology Theory
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55817-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55817-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55816-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 219
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations
Topics