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Introduction to Criminal Behavior
An overview of the theories, perspectives and disciplines involved in the study and reporting of crime.
# 152548 | 842 words | 1 source | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper briefly outlines the conformity perspective, the nonconformist perspective and the learning perspective of crime, and offers a general look at the disciplines of sociological, psychological and psychiatric criminology. The paper describes the three ways the incidence of crime is measured and notes the distinction between adult and juvenile criminal behavior.

From the Paper:

"Theories of crime have been around for centuries. All psychological theories of crime and many sociological ones as well, have underlying assumptions about or perspectives on human nature. The conformity perspective views humans as creatures of conformity who want to do the right thing. This assumption represents the foundation of the humanistic perspective in psychology. Human beings are basically good people trying to live to live to their fullest potential. The nonconformist perspective assumes that human being are disciplined creatures who, without the constraints of the rules and regulations of society would flout conventions and commit crime indiscriminately. The leaning perspective sees human beings as being born neutral. This perspective argues that humans learn virtually all behavior, beliefs and tendencies from the social environment.
"Criminology is a multidisciplinary study of crime. There are many disciplines that are involved in the collection of knowledge about criminal action. These include psychology, sociology, psychiatry, anthropology, biology, neurology, political science and economics. Sociological criminology has a rich tradition in examining the relationships of demographic and group variables to crime. Variables such as age, race, gender, socioeconomic status and ethnic cultural affiliation have been shown to have significant relationships with certain categories and patterns of crimes."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bartol, Curt R. and Bartol, Anne M. (2010). Introduction to Criminal Behavior. Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approach. (p. 53-84). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

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