Learning Theory- offending

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  • Learning Theory explanation of offending
    • Criminal behaviour is learnt
      • We are not born criminals
    • Relates to Classical and Operant conditioning
    • Classical Conditioning
      • Associating stealing from a store with excitement
    • Operant Conditioning
      • Stealing sweets and getting punished by parents or praised by peers
    • Evaluation
      • + Incorporates environmental factors of criminal behaviour
      • + If behaviour is learnt we can find therapies to 'unlearn' behaviour
      • - Deterministic
      • - If our behaviour is conditioned we lack free will & therefore cannot blame/ punish criminals


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