criminology exam 2 review

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what school of criminology does the rational choice theory have its roots in?

classical school of criminology

the "high" or excitement/exhilaration of successfully executing illegal activities in danger situations

edgework

research on the immediate impact of well publicized executions had what effect on murder rate?

failed to find an immediate impact on murder rate

social ecology school criminologists associate crime rates and the need for police services to what?

community deterioration

what year did sociobiology reemerge?

1970s

what reflects the view that criminality is a product of abnormal biological or psychological traits?

trait theory

evidence exists that indicates that abnormally low levels of brain chemical compounds called _____ are associated with violent behavior

neurotransmitters

what brought national attention to the view that biochemical conditions can influence antisocial behavior?

twinkie defense

according to what theory do people's brains function differently in response to environmental stimuli?

arousal theory

many ADHD children also suffer from.....

conduct disorder

segments of the population whose members have a relatively similar portion of desirable belongings, and who share attitudes, values and norms.

social classes

which theory focuses on urban conditions, such as high unemployment and school dropout rates, to explain crime?

social disorganization theory

process in which subcultural values are handed down from one generation to the next

cultural transmission

general strain theory is not purely a structural theory because it focuses on how life events influence behavior

true

the family-crime relationship is significants across which lines?

racial, ethnic and gender

what two elements of culture interact to produce anomie and/or anomic conditions?

cultural defined goals and socially approved means to obtain them

adolescents who do not receive affection from their parents during childhood are more likely to...

use illicit drugs as they mature

when examining the relationship between delinquent peers and fear of punishment, what may outweigh the fear?

loyalty to delinquent peers

what process refers to moving in and out of delinquency or shifting between conventional and deviant values?

drift

criminals sometimes neutralize wrongdoings by maintaining that the crime victim "had it coming"

denial of the victim

what has been raised regarding the validity of social control theory?

delinquency may lead to weakened social bonds, not vice versa

labeling theory does not recognize criminality as a ______

disease

what is not a basic concern of critical criminologists?

increased effect of media and demystifying the law

crime according to critical theorists

political concept designed to protect the power of the upper class

what crime describes the anti-social behaviors that arise from efforts to maintain governmental power or to uphold the race, class, and gender advantages of those who support the government.

state/organized crimes

according to this type of critical theory, the poor may or may not commit more crimes than the rich, but the poor are certainly arrested and punished more often.

instrumental

instrumental theorists consider it essential to ______ law and justice - this is, to unmask its true purpose.

demystify

peacemaking criminologists view the efforts of the state to punish and control crime as....

encouraging crime rather than preventing it

integrative methodology in the early research of ______ formed the basis of today's developmental approach

Glueck

latent trait theories hold that human development is controlled by.....

a "master trait" present at birth or soon after

why is early onset an important factor in crime?

early onset of antisocial behavior predicts more serious criminality

when does a latent trait appear?

at birth or soon after

a criminal incident occurs when an individual chooses criminal over conventional behavior. what factor influences that choice?

a latent trait

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