Abstract This paper shall review several theories of criminal behavior in an attempt to see if an individual’s biology (nature) or their surrounding influences (nurture) is the predominant influence. The physiological influences are explored noting Social Darwinism and eugenics that dominated criminal theory a century ago. The social influences and peers are also explored. Additionally the internal chemistry of individuals used to explain alcoholism and ADHD and the potential influence on criminal behavior are examined. The theory of self control and individual choice is review. A conclusion that there most likely will not be a unifying theory to explain criminal behavior is proposed. Nature and Nurture – An Analysis of Various Criminal...The end:
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