Psychological Theories of Crime: Assumptions & Weaknesses


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Which of the following is a common characteristic of the criminal population?

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1. _____ theories of crimes look at how differences in people's thoughts or feelings can lead to criminal behavior.

2. A child who comes from an abusive household and becomes an abuser is demonstrating:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the theories of crimes and their criticisms. To pass the quiz know what the study of crime and punishment is called and the characteristics of the psychological theories of crime.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • The study of crime and punishment
  • Theory that looks at thoughts or feelings that lead to criminal behavior
  • Criticisms of psychological theories of crime

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about the psychological theories of crime
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related psychological theories of crime lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases and terms, such as criminology and psychological theories of crime

Additional Learning

To learn more about theories trying to explain the prevalence of crime, review the corresponding lesson called Psychological Theories of Crime: Assumptions & Weaknesses. This lesson will help you:

  • Know what criminology hopes to achieve
  • Understand the focus of the psychological theories of crime
  • Describe the four basic types of criminal psychological theories
  • Identify the major criticisms against criminal psychological theories