Theories on Crime Comparison

Apr 16th, 2015
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Write a 1,050- to 1,350-word paper in which you evaluate your selected criminological theory. Include the following in your paper: Address the relationship between personality and criminal behavior as viewed in the selected theory. Compare the key elements of your chosen theory to the remaining theories above. Identify the philosophical basis for each theory.

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Theories on Crime ComparisonNameClassDateProfessorPsychological Crime Theories Psychological theories blame crime on events and an experience in a person's life that shape their personality, influence the decisions they make, and influence the behaviors they display. Crime is the fault of early childhood experiences, delays in cognitive development, and poor socialization. Through psychological theories of crime more has been learned about criminal behavior and the potential risk the criminal offender poses to society. Psychological theories of crime focus on learning in the social environment and the development of the individual personality. Other theories of crime are biological and sociological. Personality and Criminal Behavior Psychological theories look at failures in human development to explain why crime occurs. Freud believed development happened through the childhood and what is experienced by the criminal in childhood will influence their deviant behavior as adults. Erikson found human development occurs throughout the entire lifetime and influences the type of personality that develops. In other words based on both Freud's and Erikson's psychological theories when a person fails to overcome a conflict at a stage in development it will directly impact personality development. According to psychological theories the personality of the criminal will influence the type of behavior they display. The type of temperament or trai

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