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NCJ Number: 120845 Find in a Library
Title: Personality and Crime: Knowledge Destruction and Construction in Criminology
Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:6  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1989)  Pages:289-309
Author(s): D A Andrews; J S Wormith
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 21
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Antipersonality themes in mainstream criminology have been fueled for years by highly suspect moral, professional, and ideological concerns and by something less than a rational empirical approach.
Abstract: The research evidence regarding the importance of personality has been positive from the beginning but has been the focus of a highly rhetorical and pseudoscientific form of criticism. These efforts as knowledge destruction are reviewed and are found to be ideologically and professionally convenient but weakly grounded logically and empirically. The paper concludes that a social theory of criminal conduct need not resist recognition of the importance of human diversity. 53 references (Publisher abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminality prediction
Index Term(s): Personality; Psychological theories; Social Learning
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