An Integrated Systems Theory of Antisocial Behavior

Matthew B. Robinson, Appalachian State University

This paper presents a new theory of crime organized around the "integrated systems perspective." Findings related to antisocial behavior from various levels of analyses and numerous academic disciplines are summarized and presented in the form of propositions for theory testing. The integrated systems theory of antisocial behavior put forth in this paper goes at least two steps further than most other integrated theories: first, I explicitly state propositions that can be tested with empirical evidence; and second, I visually diagram the relationships between criminogenic factors. The theory offered here is meant to explain why an individual would be more likely to commit antisocial behaviors generally rather than to explain any particular type of criminality. The behaviors of most interest are maladaptive behaviors that are violent and/or aggressive in nature.

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