Latent Theory: The Major Integrated Theories Of Crime

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“The major integrated theories of crime including multifactor theories, latent traits theories, and life-course theories or what are known as ‘developmental theories.’ Multifactor theories suggest that social, personal, and economic factors exert influence on criminal behaviour. Integrated theories have become popular; given the move away from the assumption that the world can be divided into criminals and non-criminals, hence the value of multi-factor theories and how practical it has become with computer tools to assist in the process. Latent trait theories assume that a number of people in the population have a personal attribute or characteristic that controls their inclination or propensity to commit crimes. This disposition or latent…show more content…
According to life-course theory, some career criminals may desist from crime for awhile, only to resume their activities at a later date. As people mature, the factors that influence their behaviour change. The Gluecks were pioneers in research on the life cycle of delinquent careers, showing that early onset of delinquency is the best predictor of a criminal career (Chapter Overview).” I definitely support this perspective. There are many different factors that influence criminal behaviour. I do agree with the latent trait as well. I believe we learn mostly from modeling behaviors. We begin to pick up on these traits at a very early age. We start to demonstrate the traits we have learned from our family and friends. I also can understand the life-course theory. I believe there are several explanations why someone stops breaking the law and begins to lead a crime and delinquent free life. I believe some people participate in delinquent behaviors at an early age because they are not worried about the consequences of their actions. They are usually focused on the fun they are having at the time of the…show more content…
crime statistics come from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), which conducts the annual National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), and from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which publishes yearly data under its summary-based Uniform Crime Reporting program (UCR) and its more detailed National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS); the latter provides a more complete picture of crimes reported and committed (Schmalleger, 2012).” “The National Incident-Based Reporting System, or NIBRS, implemented to improve the overall quality of crime data collected by law enforcement, captures details on each single crime incident—as well as on separate offenses within the same incident—including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, and property involved in the crimes (NIBRS Overview, 2016).” The fact that they provide us with important crime statistical data is one pro. The fact that they assist us in being able to develop crime mapping. A con would be the fact that there are so many crimes that go unreported. Another con is that some of the crimes reported get mislabeled and creates discrepancies. An example of this is the information reported by local law enforcement. There are only certain crimes that get reported and calculated to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS), which reports up to the NIBRS level for compilation. When an officer writes a report, it could be

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