What Individual Factors Have Been Found to Be Related to Criminal Behavior and How Are These Factors Thought to Be Related to Engaging in Crime?

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What individual factors have been found to be related to criminal behavior and how are these factors thought to be related to engaging in crime?

Russell Davis

Specific biological factors have been identified which influence an individual’s propensity to engage in criminal behavior. Fetal development can be altered by the mother’s ingestion of harmful substances such as nicotine, alcohol, and narcotic drugs during pregnancy (Wright et al., 2008), and can result in organ damage, neural cellular damage, attention deficit, and hyperactivity (Karr-Morse & Wiley, 1997) (Day et al., 2002). These factors have been linked to future aggressive behavioral issues (Sood et al., 2001).
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