Discussion 1

Chapter 1 discusses several theoretical perspectives on and explanations for crime causation. After reviewing the various theories and theoretical perspectives, discuss your personal view regarding what causes criminal behavior. Which theory or theories do you feel are most accurate and why? Which are most inaccurate, and why? Be sure to explain whether you believe that one theory or a combination of theories best explains the causes of criminal behavior and why.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. Share which theory or theories you feel are most accurate, and discuss why you agree or disagree with the theories your peers support.

Discussion 2

Some researchers and theorists believe that an interaction of both psychological factors (e.g., biology, personality, and cognitive) and sociological factors can explain criminal behavior. Which psychological and sociological factors do you believe have the most influence on the development of criminal behavior, and why? Do you believe that psychological factors or sociological factors have more of an influence over behavior, or is it a combination of the two? Please be sure to provide an example of a criminal case to support your discussion.

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