The Comparison and Contrast of Criminal Behavior

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Since the beginning of time crime was among us, but in today’s society there are researchers, scientist, doctors, and psychiatrist cramming to find ways and solutions to the behavior that make criminals do what they do. For every violent crime, non-violent crime, major crime, petty crime, reported crime and unreported crime, according to scientist there is a reason behind each one of them. Let’s define the word crime, it is a violation of social rules of conduct, interpreted and expressed by a written criminal code, created by people holding social and political power (Siege & Worrall, 2010)These people holding those powerful positions can make the rules but can’t determine the status in which they’re played, and that’s the reasoning for the scientist, doctors and countless other professionals developing theories and crime reports. Based on the readings, I have chosen three theories that I will compare the similarities and discuss the contrasting issues within each one. The three theories I have chosen are, the Psychodynamic Theory, the Behavioral Theory, and the Latent Trait Theory. The first theory I will discuss is the Psychodynamic Theory, this theory states that “Law violators have suffered damage to their personalities early in their development and that this damage renders them powerless to control their impulses”. And “as a result, they seek immediate gratification of their needs without considering right and wrong or the needs of others” (Siege & Worrall, 2010). Now the definition of the word Psychodynamic is the psychology of mental or emotional forces or processes developing especially in early childhood and their effects on behavior and mental states (Merrian & Webster, 1997). To read the meaning of both these entries, one would think of a spoiled child who throws a tantrum when he or she can’t have their way. The next theory I will discuss is the Behavioral...
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