Bottom-Up Approach - Canter and Heritage

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For the essay Describe the bottom-up approach (10 marks)

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The bottom-up approach was developed by Canter after his work as an environmental psychologist where he looked at the consistencies in human behaviour. This can be applied to criminal behaviour where you look for the similarities between offenders, crime scenes, victim accounts and criminal background. This is a cognitive social approach as interactions with others is key in determining their personality. No assumption is initially made, as you look at the behaviour and then build up a profile from there. This approach is a statistical analysis of behaviour patterns as it relies heavily on a computer…


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