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Chris Tutu Professor Czerny English 102 4/14/13 What makes a psychopath a psychopath? There are many contributing factors that can lead to Criminal Activity and behavior. These factors can be present all through the "psychopath s" life, yet may not be noticed. Many of them have to do with home life, and many of them are also most influential during childhood, and will slowly grow, as the child gets older. I will be discussing these factors in two main groups: early childhood and adolescence, these most influential time periods in the human life span. As well as discussing the factors in these two areas, I will also discuss in details societies view on these factors and some of the actions that society presents to cause the psychopath, or criminal, to act again. Part One- Early Childhood There are only two main factors that are reflected in early childhood that can be proven to be active in whether or not the person will become a criminal. These two cases are Abuse (all kinds) and victimization. Abused and neglected children are more likely to be delinquent and to show criminal and violent criminal behavior as adults. This was one of the findings of a recent comparison of abused and neglected children and children with no history of abuse and neglect. The cycle-of-violence hypothesis, states that abused children become abusers, and victims of violence become violent offenders. However, a recent review of research found surprisingly little experimental evidence to support this hypothesis. Despite having a strong belief in the cycle of violence, there have been problems in previous studies that have made it difficult to get conclusions about the long-term consequences of early childhood victimization. These problems include the lack of a control group against which the abused and neglected group could be compared. Another problem is the retrospective design

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