General Theory of Crime: Definition & Examples


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The concept that a person weighs their personal acts compared to the chances of being caught and punished is which of the following theories?

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1. Which theory of crime centers on the belief that crime is inevitable?

2. Which of the following theories centers on the idea that people may have similar ambitions, but they do not have similar abilities or opportunities?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use the worksheet and quiz, seeing what you know about the general theory of crime. Different theories are highlighted on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can see how much you know about theories relating to:

  • The belief that people will be what they are expected to become
  • Concept that a person weighs their personal acts compared to the chances of being caught
  • The belief that crime is inevitable
  • People having similar ambitions, but not similar abilities

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the theory where criminal intent is associated with people's interactions with family and friends
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different crime theories
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the lesson on the general theory of crime

Additional Learning

You can review more topics by using the lesson called General Theory of Crime: Definition & Examples. Use this lesson to:

  • Review the history of crime
  • Understand the reason that knowing why crime develops is important
  • Compare and contrast different types of crime theories