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CRITICALLY CONSIDER TWO PSYSHOLOGICAL THEORIES OF CRIME What is crime Crime is an act of immoral and harmful behaviour As crime is prohibited by the criminal law it is seen as an act against society People who study crime are called criminologists Criminology has many theories which are based on biology sociology and psychology As we are looking at the psychology side of criminology this again has many different theories to explain the way criminals behave There are various theories and explanations that have been used to account for the behaviour of criminals Some of these theories include biological psychoanalytic and social learning The two I aim to look at and consider are biological and the social learning theories All of the theories attempt to explain criminal behaviour all represent part of the classic psychological debate of the nature versus the nurture debate This being that behaviour is a result of our heredity of the environment Then this being in relation to crime are we born bad or made bad Do we choose to go out and commit crime or do we have a built in program to go out and commit crime When we talk about the biological side of it we are talking about how our genes set limits on our behaviour and the environment will limit these developments A biological theory is some times called behaviour genetics as this is what the psychologist is studying As I have mentioned in the introduction the classic side of crime is based on the nature and nurture debate Arguments about the importance of hereditary components of behaviour centre on the nature-nurture controversy whether the characteristic patterns of behaviour shown by an individual are learned or innate At one extreme it is held that genetic distinctions differentiate humans into types and at another behaviourists claim that environment and training shape ability and character It is however likely that both
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