Refuting the Self-Control Theory of Criminal Behavior Essay by cee-cee

Refuting the Self-Control Theory of Criminal Behavior
A review of the self control theory of criminal behavior.
# 110541 | 1,333 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2008 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Law (Criminal) , Criminology (General)

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This paper reviews the theory of self-control in criminal behavior. The author discusses the two opinions that modern psychologists have on the origin of the antisocial or criminal impulse among individuals who engage in criminal behavior: 1) criminal predisposition is explained by genetics, parental roles and self control, and 2) neither genetics nor parental roles is as important as purely environmental factors such as social class, economic opportunity, and other societal influences. The paper concludes that ultimately, the self-control theory of crime applies only to that subset rather than explaining criminality in a broader sense.

Parental Responsibility and the Role of Self Control
The Significance of Race, Economics, and Social Culture
Genetic Predisposition to Criminality

Sample of Sources Used:

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