By Curt R. Bartol

A complete mental method of felony behavior.


Accurate, researched-based, modern, and finished: Criminal habit: A mental Approach, 10th version, builds at the excellence validated in prior variants. The textual content bargains an in depth examine crime, what could lead on to it, and the way felony habit could be avoided, all from a mental standpoint. targeting critical crimes, really these regarding violence, Criminal Behavior deals a complete examine this advanced box with potent and interesting fabric that has been classroom-tested for over thirty years.

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Frick & White, 2008) have given considerable attention to some traits—collectively termed callous-unemotional traits—that are often associated with psychopathy. Callous-unemotional traits are characterized by a lack of empathy and concern for the ­welfare of others, and they often lead to a persistent and aggressive pattern of antisocial behavior. These traits will be discussed in more detail in later chapters. Trait theories hold that people show consistent behavior across time and place, and that these behaviors characterize personality.

Furthermore, SR studies continually show that the number of individuals involved in serious crimes is relatively small, but those few who do engage in ­serious criminal activity commit many crimes. Moreover, persistent, repetitive offenders do not ­specialize in any one crime (such as larceny) but show considerable versatility in criminal involvement, committing a wide variety of offenses, violent as well as nonviolent. We discuss this behavioral pattern in more detail in the next chapter. Chapter 1 • Introduction to Criminal Behavior Drug Abuse Self-Report Surveys Several nationwide self-report surveys collect data on drug abuse in the United States.

Index crimes were considered to be “indicators” of the crime problem in the United States. However, this distinction was found to be misleading. For instance, larceny-theft, which includes shoplifting, was categorized Chapter 1 • Introduction to Criminal Behavior 15 as an index crime, whereas fraud and drug offenses were classified as nonindex crimes. Moreover, larceny-theft makes up 60 percent of the total reported crime, and the enormous volume of these offenses overshadows more serious but less frequently committed offenses (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2008).

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