Personality and Crime: Can Psychological Factors Add to our Understanding of Persistence?

Shelley Johnson Listwan, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Patricia Van Voorhis, University of Cincinnati

Traditionally, criminological theories neglect to recognize personality as a major correlate of criminal behavior or include it, but only tangentially. Further, although personality is used as a responsivity consideration in correctional settings, few studies have used classification models as measures of personality, developmental, or behavioral contributors to models of crime causation. Drawing on a number of perspectives, this study will offer an empirical and theoretical understanding of the crime-personality link. Moreover, the study will utilize event history analysis to explore the full extent or potential of the typological scales, and in particular the Jesness Inventory, have in predicting persistent criminal behavior.

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Updated 05/20/2006