Discussion Forum (5 points)

Discussion 1

Theories of Aggression

Explain the difference between each of the following: overt and covert acts of aggression, cognitive scripts model, hostile attribution, reactive aggression, and proactive aggression. Don’t give a textbook definition of the listed theories; rather, give real-life examples of each. What does each model look like when manifested in criminal behavior? For this activity, explain a real-life example of aggression (e.g., a violent crime as reported in the media), conduct research into the actual event, and then use the appropriate model or theory to analyze the aggression incident. Integrate how this framework aligns with your personal beliefs and experiences.

Post your answer by midnight June 13, and your replies by midnight Saturday June 16.

Discussion 2

Aggression and Violent Behavior as Precursors to Other Forms of Criminal Psychopathology

Explain how aggression and violent behavior are often precursors to other forms of criminal psychopathology. Provide examples and scenarios.

Post your answer by midnight June 13, and your replies by midnight Saturday June 16.

Written Assignment: Terrorists (10 points)

Write a five- to seven-page APA-style paper on the psychological basis for terrorism and terrorists. Read independent scholarly sources and include at least three of them as references in this paper. You will find two good additional resources listed below:

  • Understanding Terrorism
    http://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/11/terrorism.aspx
  • Psychology of Terrorism by Randy Borum
    https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/208552.PDF

Answer the following questions in your paper:

  • How and why do people join terrorist organizations?
  • To what extent is psychopathology relevant for understanding or preventing terrorism?
  • To what extent is individual personality relevant for understanding or preventing terrorism?
  • What are the vulnerabilities of terrorist groups?
  • What is the impact of leaders being removed from their positions either by dying or being overthrown?

Post your paper in the drop box by midnight Sunday June 17.

 

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