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What causes delinquency and Trait theories

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What causes delinquency and Trait theories SOCIOL 4511

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These cover what the causes of delinquency are and the trait theories.
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Dana Haynie, Emily Shrider
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Date Created: 02/17/16
Trait Theories  Focus: Individual’s personal traits explain crime o Criminals have abnormal traits that influence behavior choices o Focus on treatment of abnormal trait o Delinquent actions impulsive or instinctual rather than rational choices  Origins o Lombroso’s study of criminals (1835-1909)  Criminals have similar facial features  Identify criminals by evaluating their jaw line, teeth, nose, and skull shape  Criminals have physical anomalies that make them similar to primitive ancestors  Certain people born criminal o How do we know?  Look at how they look  Mug Shot Study (Ugly Criminals 2006)  Study of 15,000 high school students  Unattractive individuals commit more crime in comparison to those who are average-looking ones, and very attractive individuals commit less crime in comparison to those who are average-looking. Biosocial Theories of Delinquency  Modern Biosocial theory: interplay between biology, environment, and antisocial behaviors o Biochemical Factors  Prenatal care  Exposure to damaging chemicals can cause prenatal damage and antisocial behavior in adolescence o Zika virus – mosquito bites  Children born with very small heads and cognitive disabilities o Abnormal body chemistry  Diets  Q-diet can cause delinquency  YouTube video: Hearing: violence epidemic linked to bad diet o Hormonal levels in teens  Testosterone levels o Environmental contaminants  Lead  BPA in plastics Neurological Dysfunction  Damage to the brain (minimal brain dysfunction/MBD) may cause delinquency  Link between learning disabilities (LD) and delinquency o Susceptibility rationale o School failure rationale Genetic Influences  Genetic makeup of parents is passed on to children o Antisocial behavior is inherited  Genetic abnormality is linked to a variety of antisocial behaviors o MAO-A gene  Individuals who have this gene tend to have higher rates of violence  YouTube Video: Doctors want to get rid of violence gene o Biosocial research remains controversial  YouTube video: genetics and crime 1 Psychological Theory  Psychodynamic (Freud) o Unconscious conflicts, childhood traumas, family abuse, neurosis, psychosis  Behavioral o Past experiences, stimuli, rewards and punishments o Personality is learned throughout life during interaction with others  Social learning theory: behavior is modeled through observation either directly through contact or indirectly through media  Interactions that are rewarded are copied; those punished are rewarded  Becher: Becoming a Marijuana User (1953)  Does exposure to violent media/video games encourage youths to be aggressive and antisocial?  YouTube video: Violent Video Games Harm Children  YouTube video: 2014 MPH Brad Bushman  Cognitive o Thinking, problem solving, script, moral development


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