Criminal Psychology

Social Reinforcers and Punishers

Gangs and gang violence persist as a significant concern for criminal justice and society at large. Considering the social learning theory and the links to antisocial behavior, describe how social reinforcers and punishers as well as differential associations may be linked to gang involvement and gang-related delinquency. What involvement might peer rejection play in the onset of delinquency and in the decision to join a gang? Locate at least one scholarly article to support your discussion.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

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 What Motivates Offenders to Commit Crimes?

Discuss at least three social-cognitive factors that motivate offenders to commit crime. Select one of the prevention and treatment programs discussed in Chapter 7, and discuss how that program can be used to treat the three factors you selected. Please be sure to locate at least one scholarly reference from the Ashford University Library to further explore the program you selected.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.