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NCJ Number: 118945 Find in a Library
Title: Towards an Integrated Theory of Criminal Behavior (From Theoretical Integration in the Study of Deviance and Crime: Problems and Prospects, P 119-127, 1989, Steven F Messner, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-118940)
Author(s): C F Wellford
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: California Correctional Peace Officers Assoc
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Sale Source: California Correctional Peace Officers Assoc
755 Riverpoint Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95605
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter addresses some of the preconditions for the formulation of powerful integrated theories of criminal behavior.
Abstract: Three categories of explanations of criminal behavior have dominated criminology at different historical periods: limited-factor reductionism (a focus on one aspect of the criminal as an explanation of criminal behavior), multiple-factor approaches (identification of a variety of factors related to criminal behavior), and systemic reductionism (criminal behavior explained in terms of a particular system of knowledge, e.g., sociology). All of these approaches fail to be sufficiently comprehensive to encompass the multiplicity of factors contributing to criminal behavior. Any integrated theory of criminal behavior must be interdisciplinary. Such an integrated theory would cover the following knowledge domains: cultural, social, personality, and biophysical. Such an approach requires moving from the current focus on sociological explanations of criminal behavior to an increased emphasis on psychological and biophysical factors. 1 figure.
Main Term(s): Criminology theory evaluation
Index Term(s): Crime causes theory; Interdisciplinary analysis
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