Trait Theory And Criminal Behavior

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When criminologist where trying to discover the cause for criminal behavior, the trait theory was developed. The trait theory says that certain traits in an individual’s personality can cause that individual to become a criminal. Even if a person acquires these traits that doesn’t mean they are going to be a criminal. In this paper, I will discuss the origins of trait theories, significance of contemporary trait theory, and why people that possess these traits won’t necessarily become criminals.

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