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Day 14 - Psychopaths • Stereotypically people devoid of a...

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Introduction to Sociology – Day 14 Contemporary Biosocial Theory Physical qualities of offenders explain the onset of antisocial behaviors Three main areas of study o Biochemical factors o Neurological dysfunction o Genetic influence Psychological Theories of Deviance Psychodynamic theory Behavioral theory Cognitive behavioral theory Intelligence and crime Personality and crime Personality and Crime Personality: The reasonably stable patterns of behavior, including thoughts and emotions, that distinguish on person from another The ‘Criminal Personality’ The Criminal Personality (1976) Samuel Yochelson & Stanton Samenow The decision to break the law
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Unformatted text preview: Psychopaths • Stereotypically people devoid of a conscience • Psychopaths? Sociopaths? Antisocial (ASPD/APD)? • How many of these people are there? • “Psychopath” first used clinically by Dr. Samuel Woodward (1936) • D.T. Lykken (1955) antisocials have an ‘under stimulated body chemistry’ • Freudian theorists: • Hevey Cleckley ( The Mask of Sanity ; 1964) Eugenics in America • Involuntary sterilization laws • 1907-1937: o 31 states pass laws permitting involuntary sterilization of deviants o 31 allowed I.S. for mentally ill, mentally deficient o Over 70,000 involuntary sterilizations based on these laws...
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