Explaining Crime

19 October 2009

Dr Murray Lee says there is no straightforward relationship between high-risk predictors and future criminal behaviour.

In an article for the Weekend Australian, Dr Lee says much of the lifestyle or "lifecourse" research of Australian criminologists suggets that low family income, poor housing, poor parenting, harsh or erratic discipline, low intelligence and hyperactivity are high risk predictors of future criminal behaviour.

However, he says many people exposed to one or even all of those factors never committ crime.

"When it comes to crime prevention, family and schooling interventions are currently seen to be the way to go," he asserts.

"However, the best form of prevention for the forms of antisocial and violent behaviours that such risk factors might lead to would probably be access to opportunity, social equity and justice, and more importantly access to good education."

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