Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 188:324–332, 2000 Crossref, Medline, Google Scholar. Recommended Citation Melitta Schmideberg, Psychological Factors Underlying Criminal Behavior, 37 J. Crim. Although these factors can be used to predict the relative probabilities of offending in large groups with similar characteristics, they cannot be reliably used to predict the behavior of specific individuals. “A criminal act occurs when there is a motive, a means, and an opportunity. Chapter 1 Introduction to Criminal Behavior Chapter 3 Origins of Criminal Behavior Biological Factors Chapter 4 Origins of Criminal Behavior Learning and Situational Factors Chapter 5 Human Aggression and Violence Chapter 13 Sexual Assault of Children and Youth and Other Sexual Offenses Chapter 9 Homicide, Assault, and Family Violence Major Risk Factors for Criminal Behavior When a judge sentences a defendant, one of the factors that he or she is required to consider and discuss on the record is the protection of the public from further criminal offenses. inclusion in Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology by an authorized editor of Northwestern University School of Law Scholarly Commons. 1. What is criminal behavior? According to Gruman, Schneider, and Coutts, the development of the general personality and social psychological model of criminal behavior was defined by Andrews and Bonta (2017). It is important to note the following: No single risk factor leads a young person to delinquency. Predicting Criminal Behavior What we can learn from history . Factors with They had described eight categories of risk factors that can influence the occurrence of criminal behavior as follows: An early age of onset for antisocial behavior Causes of criminal behavior. Definition and Measurement of Criminal Behavior To fully understand the nature of how genes and the environment influence criminal behavior, one must first know how criminal behavior is defined. The reasons behind criminal behavior can vary a lot in each particular case, but still they can be grouped in two main categories – genetics and environment. Risk factors combine in complex ways to influence individual behavior. In general, few factors defined as “needs” met this test. L. & Criminology 458 (1946-1947) Posted Feb 17, 2018 Social Risk Factors: *poverty, *peer rejection and association with antisocial behaviour, gang or deviant group influences on rejected youth, preschool experiences, after school care, school failure 2. Parental and family risk factors: *single parent households, *parental practices and styles, *parental monitoring, *influence of siblings, 41 Desai RA, Lam J, Rosenheck RA: Childhood risk factors for criminal justice involvement in a sample of homeless people with serious mental illness. Consequently, this paper will examine the various roles in which both genes and environmental factors influence criminal behavior. assessed caused criminal behavior. Criminal behaviors that lead offenders to recidivate are often called “risk factors” or “criminogenic needs” (National Institution of Corrections & Services). If a factor was significantly correlated to subsequent criminal behavior and assisted in accurately classifying individuals to different levels of risk, it was included on the agency’s risk instrument.