Research Abstract

Professor David Farrington

Emeritus Professor of Psychological Criminology


Research Abstract

Professor David P. Farrington, O.B.E., is a chartered forensic psychologist whose interests focus particularly upon developmental and life-course criminology, longitudinal studies of criminal careers, risk-focussed prevention and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions. He is the director of the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development, which is a 40-year follow-up of 400 London males. Their adult children have recently been interviewed to make this a three-generation study. In addition to many research papers on risk factors and the development of offending, Professor Farrington has published widely on other topics, including methodological quality in evaluation research, comparative criminology, crime and physical health, criminal career models, shoplifting, bullying, developmental prevention, CCTV, street lighting, risk assessment, desistance, cost-benefit analysis, the effectiveness of programmes for young offenders, psychopathy, developmental and life course theories, offender profiling, and the prediction of homicide. He has authored seven systematic reviews for the Campbell Collaboration, one of which (on the effectiveness of bullying prevention programmes) has been downloaded 33,000 times since its publication in December 2009.

Professor Farrington's books include Understanding and Controlling Crime (1986), Human Development and Criminal Behaviour (1991), Psychological Explanations of Crime (1994), Building a Safer Society (1995), Biosocial Bases of Violence (1997), Serious and Violent Juvenile Offenders (1998), Antisocial Behaviour and Mental Health Problems (1998), Evaluating Criminology and Criminal Justice (1998), Costs and Benefits of Preventing Crime (2001), Child Delinquents (2001), Offender Rehabilitation in Practice (2001), Sex and Violence (2001), Evidence-Based Crime Prevention (2002), Early Prevention of Adult Antisocial Behaviour (2003), Integrated Developmental and Life-course Theories of Offending (2005), Crime and Punishment in Western Countries, 1980-1999 (2005), Reducing Crime: The Effectiveness of Criminal Justice Interventions (2006), Preventing Crime: What Works for Children, Offenders, Victims and Places (2006), Key Issues in Criminal Career Research (2007), Saving Children from a Life of Crime (2007), Violence and Serious Theft (2008), Dictionary of Forensic Psychology (2008) Making Public Places Safer (2009), Young Homicide Offenders and Victims (2011), The Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention (2012), From Juvenile Delinquency to Adult Crime (2012), Young Adult Offenders (2012), Scholarly Influence in Criminology and Criminal Justice (2012), Explaining Criminal Careers (2012), Offending from Childhood to Late Middle Age (2013), Labelling Theory: Empirical Tests (2014) Most-Cited Scholars in Criminology and Criminal Justice, 1986-2010 (2014), Parental Incarceration and Child Development (2014) Criminal Recidivism: Explanation, Prediction and Prevention (2016), The Psychology of Crime, Policing and Courts (2016), Offending from Childhood to Young Adulthood (2016) and What Works in Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation (2016).