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Causes of Criminality

Is criminal behavior learned, genetic, or biological? Are criminals born evil?

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Different theories have proposed explanations for why criminal behavior occurs. Some of those theories emphasize social factors (learned behavior) and others focus on biological or genetic factors. For this particular question you might present support for both possibilities, that criminal behavior is learned as well as genetic. You can then state your own position. Based on existing theories, perhaps you lean more toward criminality being learned or maybe you see it as a product of genetics/biology. It is also possible to take the perspective that criminal behavior is influenced both by learned behaviors and genetics. It will be up to you to choose your own personal stance on criminality. ...

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This library solution presents an overview of various theoretical perspectives on criminal behavior and whether or not it is learned or rooted in genetics. Biological and sociological theories are briefly discussed.