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Eysencks theory of criminal personality

based on biological factors arguing individuals inherit a type of nervous system that affects their ability to learn and adapt to the environment

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Eysencks three dimensions

Extraversion
neuroticism
psychoticism

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Extraversion

enjoy risk and danger as their nervous system is under aroused

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Neuroticism

negative outlook
over reactive response to threat- flight or fight

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Psychoticism

refers to aggressive anti social people
related to high testosterone

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links to criminal behaviour

Eysenck explained criminality in terms of outcome between innate personality and socialisation

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interactionist view

a person may be born with a personality trait and due to interactions with environment it causes the development of criminality

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Strength of Eysenck study

2070 male prisoner and 2422 male controls
prisoners scored high on the 3 dimensions compared to the non criminals

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weakness

individual differences
idea of one personality type explaining all offending behaviour