Individual Trait Theory of Criminology: Factors & Biases


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1. The idea that a person's stable characteristics might make him or her more likely to become a criminal is called the _____ theory of criminology.

2. What do we call the effect of a person's environment on his or her personality?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo gauge your understanding of the individual trait theory of criminology. You will be quizzed on personality trait development and types of crime prevention.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Theories dealing with crime
  • The effects of a person's environment on that individual
  • Differences between treatments

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on individual trait theory
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as available treatments
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding circumstances that affect an individual's behavior

Additional Learning

To learn more about the individual trait theory in criminology, review the corresponding lesson called Individual Trait Theory of Criminology: Factors & Biases. This lesson will help you:

  • Define criminology and personality trait
  • Understand how an individual's personality is shaped by the person's genetics and their environment
  • Learn how criminologists apply individual trait theory to criminal behavior and crime prevention
  • Distinguish between crime prevention methods