Criminal Behavior, Theories Of

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A wide variety of theories have been developed to explain criminal behavior. This article discusses three general types of theories of criminal offending: biological/physiological theories, psychological/psychiatric theories, and sociological theories. For each type, specific theories are reviewed along with the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2008


  • Biology
  • Conflict
  • Crime
  • Criminal behavior
  • Feminism
  • Neuroscience
  • Personality
  • Psychology
  • Social control
  • Strain
  • Subculture
  • Theory
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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