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NCJ Number: 118464 Find in a Library
Title: Thinking Criminal: A Cognitive Model of Lifestyle Criminality
Journal: Criminal Justice Research Bulletin  Volume:4  Issue:4  Dated:(1989)  Pages:1-10
Author(s): G D Walters; T W White
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 10
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Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The development, pattern, and process of faulty, irrational thinking which is at the root of criminal behavior are examined.
Abstract: Lifestyle criminality exists because of the way a criminal thinks, and although environmental factors may limit his options, these influences do not determine criminal behavior. Society must either be prepared to confine lifestyle criminals in perpetuum or develop programs which will help these individuals change their thinking; anything else overlooks the root causes of crime of thought and choice. Eight cognitive characteristics of lifestyle criminality are discussed: mollification, cutoff, entitlement, power orientation, sentimentality, superoptimism, cognitive indolence, and discontinuity. It is suggested that no matter how long an individual has been a lifestyle criminal, the capacity for change continues to exist.
Main Term(s): Cognitive developmental theory; Criminality prediction
Index Term(s): Interpersonal maturity; Interpersonal relations
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