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, & Conflict: Volume 1-4, Third Edition
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780128201954
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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