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Compare and contrast theories of crime

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  • Submitted: 19/06/2007
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AS and A Level Developmental Psychology

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OCN CRIMINOLOGY

UNIT 2

ASSIGNMENT 2

WRITTEN REPORT

"Compare and Contrast

Theories of Personality

And

Evaluate their usefulness

At explaining

Criminal behaviour"

"Compare and contrast theories of personality and evaluate their usefulness at explaining criminal behaviour"

Introduction

During this report I will be looking at cases of true crime whereby the criminals are considered to be showing different types of personality which where considered reasons for criminality. I will be demonstrating how some trait theories may understand the reasons for the individuals committing such crimes and contrasting theories and evaluating their usefulness in their explanation of criminal behaviour.

What is criminal personality?

When using the term personality we are using it to define and describe an individual's temperamental and emotional attributes, (S. Jones 2006) these are the ones that are deemed consistent as these will influence behaviour so that a person is compelled to behave in this way almost daily. Therefore is would be fair to say the term criminal personality means a person who is of the nature to commit crime due to their temperament, characteristics pattern of thinking, feeling

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