Low IQ and Criminal Behavior
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This paper explores the relationship between low IQ and school performance and future success later on in life. The paper addresses the impact of a student's background on his/her attitude towards performing well in school and shows how a poor self-esteem leads to failure in school. The paper identifies risk factors of school drop-outs and argues that many of these criminal factors can be lessened by early intervention once the precursors are recognized.
From the Paper:"A teenage mother quits school and takes a job at a local grocery store. The manager shows her how to use the cash registrar and allows her to ring up a couple of customer. She made mistakes in counting back change with one customer. The next customer she forgets what keys to hit when it comes to the produce. The manager patiently tries to show her over and over. Finally the manager tells her that she will have to let her go. What will this mother do now to feed her children?
This is typical of many low IQ teenage girls and boys. Often they quit school because of problems in the school, or because they are pregnant, or are trying to support their girlfriend.
"Long-term welfare recipients have extremely low cognitive abilities, at least as measured by traditional IQ tests. This is true for all races -- the women at the training center just happened to be white. Almost 60 percent of women on welfare for five or more years are in the bottom 20 percent of intelligence" (Besharov 1994).
"Low IQ caused by genetics or background has the same effect on children in school. Often they struggle to do their best at school, and finally are placed in special education where the teachers fail to give them the education needed or the students give up trying. The reality of this is that many of these students will be convicted of crime during their lifetime."
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Low IQ and Criminal Behavior (2003, October 21) Retrieved April 24, 2014, from http://www.academon.com/term-paper/low-iq-and-criminal-behavior-36863/
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