Antisocial cognition and criminal thinking

Theoretical interpretations and biosocial implications

Authored by: Glenn D. Walters

The Routledge International Handbook of Biosocial Criminology

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415722131
eBook ISBN: 9781315858449
Adobe ISBN: 9781317936749


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Antisocial cognition is both a risk factor and a criminogenic need. Along with antisocial history, antisocial personality processes, and antisocial peer associations, it is one of the “big four” predictors of recidivism (Andrews and Bonta, 2010). It is also a major criminogenic need and, as such, a principal target for correctional intervention (Andrews et al., 2006). There is more to antisocial cognition, however, than its ability to predict recidivism and guide intervention. It is also capable of informing and shaping criminological theory—specifically, biosocial theory. The purpose of this chapter is to highlight five contributions antisocial cognition and criminal thinking make to criminological theory in general and to biosocial theories of crime in particular.

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