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Instructions: Fill in the blanks of the definitions below with the correct word and then find the word in the puzzle!


  1. A condition in which a people or society undergoes a breakdown of social norms and values.

  2. The appearance in a person of physical features thought to be from earlier stages of human evolution.

  3. The assessment of human psychology via the examination of objectively observable and quantifiable actions, as opposed to subjective mental states.

  4. Criminological theories that rely, in part, on individuals’ demographics and geographic location to explain criminal behavior.

  5. A set of criminological theories that uses the idea of free will to explain criminal behavior.

  6. The idea that the attitudes held by the lower class do not accurately reflect the reality of that class’s existence.

  7. The idea that society has different expectations of females and males.

  8. An individual’s mental calculation of the personal value of an activity by how much pleasure or pain it will incur.

  9. A perspective that considers recidivism a consequence, in part, of the negative labels applied to offenders.

  10. Kohlberg’s theory that human moral development proceeds through clearly defined stages of moral reasoning.

  11. A perspective that states that juvenile delinquents have feelings of guilt when involved in illegal activities and search for explanations to diminish that guilt.

  12. The process of learning by watching the behavior of others.

  13. The alteration of behavior by rewarding or punishing a subject for a specified action until the subject associates the action with pleasure or pain.

  14. A set of criminological theories that uses scientific techniques to study crime and criminal offenders.

  15. A theory that does not seek to explain why people break the law, but instead explores what keeps most people from breaking the law.

  16. The theory that the structural and cultural conditions of the neighborhood affect criminal behavior.

  17. The use of body types and physical characteristics to classify human personalities.

  18. The theory that the causes of crime can be connected to the pressure on culturally or materially disadvantaged groups or individuals to achieve the goals held by society, even if the means to those goals require the breaking of laws.

  19. An ancient custom in which the accused was required to perform a test that appealed to divine authority to prove guilt or innocence.

  20. A theory associated with Jeremy Bentham that states that people will choose not to break the law when the pain of punishment outweighs the benefits of the offense.


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