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NCJ Number: 154071 Find in a Library
Title: Psychological Explanations of Crime
Editor(s): D P Farrington
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 484
Sponsoring Agency: Dartmouth Publishing Co
Brookfield, VT 05036
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85521-447-4
Sale Source: Dartmouth Publishing Co
Old Post Road
Brookfield, VT 05036
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Many psychological theories of offending are multiple-factor explanations which assume that criminality depends on the sum total of various influences acting together.
Abstract: The first chapter notes that among the most important predictors of male offending are earlier measures of childhood problem behavior including troublesome or disruptive classroom behavior, aggressiveness, lying, and dishonesty. Individual differences are often attributed as the causes of later criminal behavior. The section on individual factors includes chapters on antisocial personality; the Eysenck Personality Theory; hyperactivity, impulsivity, and sensation seeking; and low intelligence, low attainment, and neuropsychological deficits. The final chapter in the section outlines recent theories on individual difference factors. The section on environmental influences highlights the importance of parental child-rearing factors, including supervision, child abuse, separations, and criminal parents; social learning; peer and sibling influences; school influences; and situational influences. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Criminality prediction; Environmental influences; Home environment; Juveniles; Victims of Crime
Note: The International Library of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Penology
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