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NCJ Number: 69958 Find in a Library
Title: Dynamics and Modification of Criminal Behavior - A Conceptual Framework
Author(s): H B Urban
Corporate Author: Pennsylvania State University
College of Human Development
Ctr for Law Enforcement and Corrections
United States of
Date Published: 1968
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Criminal behavior is defined, and the possibilities for its modification are reviewed in these excerpts from a speech delivered to the County Probation Workshop of the Pennsylvania Adult Correctional Training Institutes.
Abstract: Codes of laws have been developed in order to control the behavior of individuals within communities. Criminal behavior is a failure on the part of an individual to regulate his actions in accordance with community rules and expectations. Such failures represent behavioral deficiencies, and the problem confronting society is to identify the basis for individual deficiencies, and to come up with remedies. While self-control is preferable to external control in most societies, in those instances where internal regulatory mechanisms are inoperative, the society must introduce external controls. Such controls are necessary when any one or a combination of the following factors lead to uncontrolled behavior: defects in the neurological mechanisms, intense emotional turmoil, belief systems incompatible with the behavioral patterns that are socially acceptable, and ignorance of acceptable behavior. No single treatment approach can eliminate all of these factors. After an initial diagnosis, those persons responsible for treatment can intervene with drugs, the surgeon's knife, counseling, psychotherapy, custodial supervision, educative methods, or with a change in the person's environment. Unfortunately, most communities lack the proper facilities for effective analysis and treatment. Such facilities can be best realized in the form of a community resource center which would provide an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to the analysis and solution of behavior problems. Footnotes or references are not included with the excerpts.
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Behavior patterns; Deviance; Problem behavior
Note: Excerpted from a speech delivered May 8, 1968, to County Probation Workshop, PACT (Pennsylvania Adult Correctional Training Institutes)
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