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Running head: CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY AND STATISTICS 1 Criminological Theory and Statistics (Author’s name) (Institutional Affiliation)
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CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY AND STATISTICS 2 Criminological Theory and Statistics Introduction The scientific studies into the causes of crime and delinquency among members of the society are significantly guided by different theories. A criminological theory therefore provides the fundamental perspective through which the society can interpret and subsequently understand the different manifestations of behavior. The fundamental perspectives of interpreting behavior manifestation are guided by various concepts that emanate from the fields of biology, sociology and psychology (Cullen & Agnew, 2003). Statistical data can be used in supporting or refuting the different criminological theories. These are criminal data that accurately reflect the incidence of crime in a specific society. These incidences of crime are important in evaluating the different criminological theories with the view of supporting or refuting their assertions. It is therefore important to understand the relationship between criminological theory and statistics to ensure that one is able to determine how statistical data can be employed in evaluating the theories. Relationship between Criminological Theories and Statistics The criminological theories can be supported or refuted by statistical data depending on the category of data used in developing the theory. The statistical data are divided into different categories such as historical, empirical and observational statistical data. There are categories of
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