Eysenck's Theory of criminal Personality

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What did Eysenck believe?
criminal behaviour can be explained in terms of three biologically determined personality traits.
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What are Eysenck's personality traits?
Extraversion, Neuroticism, Psychoticism
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Outline extraversion.
under-aroused, seek external stimulation to increase cortical arousal, engage in dangerous activities.
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Outline Neuroticism.
slightly unstable, reacts/gets upset quickly, prone to overreact to situations of threat, likely to commit violent behaviour
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Outline Psychoticism.
higher levels of testosterone, overly-aggressive, lacks ability to empathise, easily linked to criminality eg. violent crime
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What are three limitations of Eysencks's theory?
personality may not be consistent, research (farrington et al), deterministic.
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explain the limitation "personality may not be consistent".
assumes personality is consistent. someone may be calm & relaxed at home but neurotic at work. Mischel & Peak (1982) family, friends, strangers rate 63 students in variety of situations, no correlation between traits displayed.
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What are Eysenck's personality traits?

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