n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - A critique on individual-oriented crime explanation in general textbooks on criminology and a proposed integrated model

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Over a long period of time, individual-oriented factors contributing to crime have been neglected in the field of criminological research and in general textbooks. Milieu-oriented factors and theoretical explanations dominated the study-field of Criminology. The purpose of this article is to give a broad overview of the limitations with regard to individual-oriented factors in a number of well-known textbooks on Criminology and to suggest an individual-oriented integrated model for explaining criminal behaviour. The theoretical model will be explained by means of a case study.

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