Personality and the Biosocial Model of Anti-Social and Criminal Behaviour

  • H. J. Eysenck
Part of the Nato ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 292)


In considering the causes of criminal and violent behaviour, we are dealing with two separate but interrelated factors. A crime is committed by a person in a certain situation; individual differences are responsible for the fact that in similar situations one person will commit the crime, another will not. Situations define not only the narrow circumstances of a particular crime, but the whole attitude of a given society to anti-social conduct, to the child’s upbringing, discipline in school, judicial procedures, existing levels of punishment, certainty of detection, religious beliefs, prevalence of TV violence, and many more. We cannot explain the huge differences in anti-social conduct between Singapore and Washington, Switzerland and South Africa, Egypt and England in terms of general differences, or personality factors. Communist countries like Russia used to be relatively crime-free; after the overthrow of communism Russia is one of the most crime-ridden countries in the world.


Antisocial Conduct Violent Crime Criminal Behaviour Personal Space Eysenck Personality Questionnaire 
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