1.Latent trait theory offers a more valid rationale as to why juveniles will persist in criminal behavior beyond the age of 25, the latent trait theory mentions that human development is controlled by a “master” trait that remains stable and unchanging throughout a person’s lifetime (Siegel & Welsh, 2012). Juveniles can take a better route in their lives, by changing their opportunities.Juveniles are more likely to continue their illegal acts, due to all the affects they had during their childhood. Certain disorders they may have developed throughout time such as ADHD, psychopathology, drug abuse, etc. can interfere with these individuals trying to change their lifestyles. The onset of crime can be traced to a deterioration of the social bond during adolescence, marked by weakening of attachment to parents, commitment to school, and belief in conventional values (Thornberry, 2004).At the age of 25 many people tend to settle down, some by getting married and forming a family others by finding out the right path in life, meaning they try to stay out of trouble with the law. 25 is the age where you are no longer a young adult however, most people after the age of 25 are less likely to become victims because delinquency are mostly due to the juveniles. By this age many people have their life together, for others it may be difficult but come to a sense, where they might as themselves what they are doing with their lives. Also, how and what they can do to better themselves.
2. The Latent Trait Theory offers more valid reasoning as to why juvenile delinquents will continue to persist in engaging in criminal activity beyond the age of 25.