Are You Prone to Criminal Behavior?

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What is the key concept of Gottfredson and Hirschi's theory of crime?


What is the common characteristic of crimes that is supported by all theories?

Immediate gratification of needs or desires

What is the potential offender's attitude towards crime, according to the text?

They view crime as an easy and simple solution for fulfilling their desires

What are the consequences of crime on the victim, according to the text?

Loss of property and privacy

What is the assumption made by theorists who subscribe to the general theory of crime?

All individuals have the same motivations

What is self-control?

A moral sense that prevents one from breaking social norms

What is white-collar crime?

Illegal acts committed by individuals in positions of power

According to self-control theory, what personal traits put individuals at risk for criminal offending?

Being oriented to the present and physical

What is the default outcome for children in the absence of adequate socialisation according to the text?

Children learn low self-control

What is the classical idea behind self-control theory?

Crimes are the result of natural human impulses to enhance pleasure and avoid pain

Which of the following is a trait commonly shared by potential offenders?


What is the main cause of poor self-control, according to the text?

Ineffective parenting

Which of the following is NOT a factor that contributes to poor self-control, according to Gottfredson and Hirschi?

Above-average intelligence

What is the significance of child-rearing practices in the formation of certain propensities, according to the text?

They are the main influence on a person's propensity for crime

What is lacking in juvenile delinquents, according to research findings mentioned in the text?

All of the above

What is the definition of crime according to Gottfredson and Hirschi's general theory of crime?

Acts of force or fraud undertaken in the pursuit of self-interest

According to Gottfredson and Hirschi's general theory of crime, what is the root cause of poor self-control?

Inadequate child-rearing practices

What is the difference between mala in se and mala prohibita crimes?

Mala in se crimes are inherently bad, while mala prohibita crimes are forbidden by the law

What is the relationship between criminal acts and criminal offenders according to Gottfredson and Hirschi's general theory of crime?

They are completely different concepts

What is the role of self-interest in Gottfredson and Hirschi's definition of crime?

Self-interest is one of the factors in their definition of crime

According to Gottfredson and Hirschi, what are the minimum requirements for rearing a child with self-control?

Someone must monitor the child's behavior

What is the result of a good education according to the text?

The child will be less intent on immediate gratification of his or her needs

What are the circumstances under which education can go wrong according to Gottfredson and Hirschi?

All of the above

What is the rational element in the theory that crime holds the promise of pleasure?

The crime must be seen to entail a reward

What is the opinion of Gottfredson and Hirschi on the propensity to commit crime?

It is present in human nature

What is the relationship between poor self-control and criminal behavior?

Poor self-control is one of many factors that may contribute to criminal behavior

What is the empirical support for Gottfredson and Hirschi's self-control theory?

Several research studies have been conducted that support the theoretical views of the authors

What is a criticism of Gottfredson and Hirschi's self-control theory?

The theory attributes variation in people's level of self-control solely to variation in parental behavior

What is one way that researchers have attempted to support the views of Gottfredson and Hirschi?

By identifying indicators of impulsiveness and self-control and determining whether scales measuring these factors correlate with measures of criminality

What is a potential flaw in attempting to explain criminal behavior on the basis of low self-control?

There is no conclusive proof that criminals may be distinguished from non-criminals on the basis of personality alone

"Exploring the Psychology of Criminal Behavior: Are You Prone to Offending?" Take this quiz to gain insight into the factors that contribute to criminal behavior, including self-image, self-control, and long-term thinking. Discover if you possess traits that could make you more inclined towards criminal activities.

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