Tate's Theory Of Criminal Behavior

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On July 28, 1999, Lionel Tate murdered Tiffany Eunick while Kathleen Grossett-Tate was sleeping in the upstairs bedroom. Kathleen Grossett-Tate became aware of Eunick’s critical state when her son came upstairs to tell her that Eunick was not breathing. According to the medical examiner, Eunick suffered from fatal injuries due to Tate’s rough house playing (Grimming, 2008, 29). The learning theory explains why Lionel Tate began and continued with his aggressive behavior plus learned violent behaviors through wrestling shows. Tate’s step mother was one of the first to receive phone calls from Tate’s school in regards to his behavior; in addition, she was also the first to witness his uncontrollable behavior at home. Tate’s step mother wanted to seek help for Tate’s behavior, but was not able to school year was almost over and it was almost time for Tate to go live with his mother (Grimming, 2008, 27-28). “The process of learning criminal behavior by association with criminal and anti-criminal patterns involve all the mechanism involved in any other type of learning” (Hess, 2013,81). Therefore, all misbehavior, rebelliousness, and minor criminal acts is nurtured at home if no parent disciplines their child. When Tate was with his…show more content…
There are reasons for why television shows are rate R or PG and ask children who are under age to get permission from their parents if they can watch the program because the producers of the show are aware that some content that is not appropriate for children. In addition, produces are aware that there is some explicit content that children might replicate with or without their parents knowledge. The learning theory states “…that criminal behavior, like any other behavior must be learned. It can be learned by watching others” (Hess, 2013, 81). Therefore, Tate’s criminal behavior was enhanced by watching these violent wrestling show that lead to Eunick’s
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