Assessing the Criminal Lifestyle

  • Glenn D. Walters
Part of the Palgrave's Frontiers in Criminology Theory book series (FCRT)


This chapter offers an inside look into the psychological assessment process. Markers of biologically based constructs, such as temperament, are examined first. This is followed by a review of static risk factors, obtained through behavioral observation, official records, and self-reports of prior behavioral outcomes. The third section of this chapter is devoted to a discussion of needs assessment and the measurement of dynamic risk factors that have been found useful in planning and implementing treatment and prevention programs.


Psychological assessment Markers Risk factors Need factors 


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  1. 1.Kutztown UniversityKutztownUSA

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