Forensic Psychology

The Psychology of Criminal Behavior

What can psychology tell us about criminal behavior?

Any kind of criminal behavior involves a conscious choice to violate the law—if the behavior is accidental or unintentional, it is not criminal. While we know that many environmental factors—including poverty, neighborhood crime rates, social norms, and lack of opportunities for legal employment—contribute to the incidence of criminal behavior, psychological factors also play an integral role in the choice to commit criminal acts.


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