In the Criminological eye there are two aspects that may be viewed as defining causes of criminal activity. The theories of both nature and nurture are very controversial and have been long debated. In this paper I will define the theories of nature and nurture. I will continue by discussing the major characteristics and differences between the two. Finally, I will attempt to share my opinions on the subject based on research gathered. By the conclusion I hope that you, the reader, will be able to discern your own conclusion on the theory that you prefer based on the facts and information presented. As previously stated there are two different points of view as to the cause of criminal behavior. Some people believe that individuals are born with genetic traits that make them criminal. This philosophy is referred to as the nature theory. Others believe in the nurture theory which states that criminals are a product of their social environment. Through my research on this topic I have come to the conclusion that I would side with the nurture theory. This theory takes into account all of the different aspects of life which affect an individuals behaviors when they are in their adulthood. To conclude, we have discussed the theories of both nature and nurture. We have defined the major characteristics and differential factors of nature and nurture. Last, I presented my opinion of the subject matter based on all research information gathered. I have hopefully provided ample information for you, as the reader, to come to your own conclusion about whether you prefer nature or nurture as a sociological standpoint. Reference
Schmalleger, F. (2002). Criminology Today: An Integrative Introduction (3rd ed.). : Prentice-Hall, Inc.