Latent Trait Theory: Definition & Examples


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How is latent trait theory defined?

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1. How does the word latent apply to this theory?

2. What other condition, besides the latent trait, has to be present for the individual to commit a crime?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quickly and easily measure your understanding of the latent trait theory using this quiz and corresponding worksheet. You will need to be familiar with latent traits and specific terms relevant to this theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You must be able to do the following when taking this quiz:

  • Identify what mainly defines the latent trait theory
  • Understand the application of the word latent in reference to this theory
  • Name another condition coupled with the latent trait that drives one to commit a crime
  • List latent traits
  • Describe how genetic abnormalities are manifested in producing latent traits

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as what defines the latent trait theory
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding genetic abnormalities in producing latent traits and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define latent as applied to this theory

Additional Learning

More interesting information about this topic is found in the lesson titled Latent Trait Theory: Definition & Examples. You will learn:

  • The definition of a trait
  • Why individuals are not responsible for their actions based on this theory
  • Why some people have issues with this theory