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NCJ Number: 148640 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Lifestyle: Motivation and Cognition
Journal: Revija za kriminalistiko in kriminologijo  Volume:44  Issue:4  Dated:(1993)  Pages:354-365
Author(s): G Mesko
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: Serbo-Croatian
Country: Slovenia
Annotation: This paper presents that part of G.D. Walter's theory of criminal lifestyle that concerns the development of criminal lifestyle as a process.
Abstract: An important role is played by secondary organized motives and cognitive patterns. Secondary organized motives develop through the process of social learning and experiences. Cognitive patterns consist of specific forms of perception, reception, and processing of information about the environment and ourselves from the external world. The author has tested the theses of Walter's theory of criminal lifestyle by conducting interview with recidivist prisoners in one of the Slovene correctional institutions. After analyzing these interviews, the author concluded that secondary organized motives underlying prisoners' behaviors are anger/rebellion; power/control; excitement/pleasure; greed; and cognition patterns of mollification, "cutoff," entitlement, power orientation, sentimentality, superoptimism, cognitive indolence, and discontinuity. 2 tables and 16 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime causes theory; Criminal career patterns; Habitual offenders; Professional criminals
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