Criminology | SECTION 5


Fundamentals of Criminology

Adam J. McKee, Ph.D.

Scott D. Bransford, Ph.D.


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PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORIES OF CRIME

Psychology, like most academic disciplines, has different “schools” of thought concerning how behavioral problems arise. There are four major ways that different psychologists have tried to explain crime:

First, they have focused on failures in psychological development.  Example causes: overbearing or weak conscience, inner conflict, insufficient moral development, and maternal deprivation with its concomitant failure of attachment.sychology, like most academic disciplines, has different “schools” of thought concerning how behavioral problems arise.  There are four major ways that different psychologists have tried to explain crime:

Second, they have investigated the ways in which aggression and violence are learned through modeling and direct experience.

Third, they have investigated the personality characteristics of criminals and found that criminals do tend to be more impulsive, intolerant, and irresponsible than non-criminals.

Fourth, psychologists have investigated the relation of criminality to such mental disorders as psychosis and psychopathy.

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