As with personality theories, Freud’s theory and other psychoanalytic theories may be difficult to test and prove in court. Analyze Freud’s theory and discuss the impact that it has on the development of criminal behavior. What roles do the Id, Ego, and Superego play in problematic behavior, and what influence do defensive mechanisms have on the development of criminal behavior? Discuss the pros and cons of Freud’s theory and how you feel it would hold up in court.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. 

Select two of the humanist and interactionist theories presented in Chapter 8 of the text. Compare and contrast the features of the theories, with respect to the causes and influences of criminal behavior. Discuss the pros and cons of each theory. Which theory do you believe is most valid and why?

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. 

Reflection on Theories of Crime

Consider the various perspectives and theories of crime that we have discussed in class and reflect on which theory or theories you find most valid. Which theory, or theories, do you believe thoroughly and effectively describe the causes of criminal behavior? What programs are available to treat criminal behavior with respect to the theory or perspective you selected?

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