Is there a way to prevent or reduce crimes? Whether it’s a robbery, theft, murder or kidnapping, it’s difficult to pinpoint why some people commit crimes. Are criminals born or bred? Sociologists and criminologists believe that a study into criminal behavior can help to answer some of these questions. Here’s a guide to criminal behavior.
Nature vs. Nurture
- Genetic & Environmental Influences: A study into whether criminal behavior is influenced by genetics or the environment.
- Nature vs. Nature: Discussion of a case whereby a criminal was diagnosed to be genetically violent. Should he be given a lesser sentence?
- How Much Free Will Do We Really Have?: An essay which tackles the question about free will, and fate.
- Behavioral Genetics: A detailed study into how behavior is influenced by genetics.
- Youth Gangs & At-Risk Youths: Discusses if criminal behavior is nurtured in certain environments.
- History: Describes how the debate first started, and who first proposed it.
- Inborn or Learned?: In-depth look into the nature vs. nurture argument.
- Public Genome Project: Discusses specific aspects of the research being done in the nature v nurture debate.
- Piaget’s Theory: Explains Jean Piaget’s theories, which he began researching in the 1920s.
- Personality: Short essay that uses statistics to answer the nature vs. nurture argument.
- Free Will vs. Determinism: Critical analysis on whether criminal behavior is influenced by free will or determinism.
- SPCP: Homepage of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology with its own journal, and other information.
- Criminal Psychology: Online version of the definitive book by Hans Gross.
- Criminal Profiling: Discusses the myth and reality of criminal profiling.
- Eyewitness Identification: A research laboratory in the University of Texas at El Paso that focuses on improving eyewitness accounts in creating the profile of criminals.
- Ethics: Outlines the ethics for forensic psychiatry practice.
- “Sherlock Holmes of the Couch”: Many part article about Dr. James A. Brussel, who provided a profile of the Mad Bomber of New York, helping the police to nab him.
- Criminal Profiling: Research center with information on profiling types, case analysis, legal issues, literature, and more.
- Pragmatic Solutions: In-depth study into the development of offender profiling to achieve a more pragmatic model.
- Problems & Prospects: Explores the problems and prospects of criminal profiling.
- Typological Offender Profiling: Looks at typological profiling as opposed to geographic profiling of offenders.
- Criminal Investigative Psychology: An overview of the subject.
Other Criminal Behavior Theories
- Criminal Behavior Theories: Introduction to the many theories of criminal behavior.
- Classical School: Discusses classical criminal behavior theories of Cesare Beccaria and Jeremy Bentham.
- Of Crimes and Punishments: E-text of Cesare Beccaria’s treatise on crime and punishment.
- An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation: A place to read the online version of Jeremy Bentham’s classic work.
- Theodicy: A theory which explains that criminal behavior may be linked to demonic influences.
- Anomie Theory: Shows that criminal behavior is not influenced by biology but failure in achieving social success.
- Social Learning Theory: A study into computer criminal behavior by using the social learning theory.
- Rational Choice Theory: Explains that criminal behavior is caused by rational analysis.
- Labeling Theory: Another criminology theory that seeks to explain criminal behavior.
- Differential Association: A theory that proposes that criminal behavior is influenced by interaction with bad company.
- Culture Conflict Theory: Brief description of this crime theory.