Crimes Are Committed by People Postdictable?

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1225–1226. Reviews the book, Criminal Behavior: A Process Psychology Analysis by Nathaniel J. Pallone and James J. Hennessy (1992). Early in their book Criminal Behavior: A Process Psychology Analysis, Pallone and Hennessy cite Megargee's (1970) observation that there has not been a technique or measure developed that “postdicts,” let alone predicts, criminal behavior. Undaunted, the authors attempt nonetheless to synthesize the research in the area into an inclusive paradigm. The reader may get the impression that meaningful research into behavior that society labels criminal is nearly impossible, as is meaningful predictive research into any area of psychology. Pallone and Hennessy attempt to provide an integration of the data on criminal behaviors into a model of four interacting processes an individual's inclination, the opportunity to commit a crime, the expectation of reward, and a feeling of impunity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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