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11 pages96 viewsWinter 2011

Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC346H5
Professor
Reza Barmaki
Lecture
3

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Frustration-Aggression Theory
Frustrated expectations (goals) lead to:
o(a) Aggression
o(b) Other responses
Expectations:
oEconomic (money)
oSocial (love, respect, recognition)
Political
(A)Aggressive results
Outward
oReal source, imagined source, others (displaced aggression)
oPhysical, verbal, intimidation
oCrime/deviance
I nward
oSelf hate
oSuicide
(B)Other responses
oSelf-isolation
oQuitting, abandoning
oSelf-righteousness
oSuperiority
oHating the world
oEtc.
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Criminal Mind Perspective
Criminals are psychologically different from others
This is before committing any crime
Characterized by criminal thought patterns
It shows itself in childhood & adolescence
The Politics of Science
Influenced by conservative politics
Reaction to 60s & 70s
Helped justify repressive state measures
Fast trials, long prison sentences
Blame-the-individual policy: diverts attention from social conditions
Aimed at controlling the poor and the powerless
Abnormal Psychology
Studies mental illness (disorders)
Mental disorders = persistent abnormal thoughts and behaviour
Results in: consistent inability to adapt and function effectively
Multiple Causes:
Genetics, social conditions, improper socialization
Mental illness Crime
Onset: adolescence and early adulthood
Mental Disorder in Canada
20% Canadians will personally suffer from a mental illness during their lifetime
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Mental illnesses affect people from all ages, educational and income levels, and
cultures
Costly to: individual, family, health care system, criminal justice system
Stigma attached to mental illnesses presents a barrier to diagnosis, treatment &
social acceptance
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Persistent lying, cheating, stealing
Lack of remorse and empathy for others
Impulsive, reckless, irritable, etc.
A history of childhood deviance, substance abuse
Disregard for rights and safety of others
Persistent attitude of irresponsibility
Difficulties with authority figures
Psychopathic Personality
Share many characteristics of antisocial personality
Distinguishing traits:
Incapacity to love or forming interpersonal relations
Commit extreme forms of violence
Absolute immorality & lack of empathy
Behavioural Psychology
B.F. Skinner
How do you control behaviour of an organism?
Animal or human being
How do you get the conduct (response) that you want?
Answer:
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