UNT PSYC 3530 - Critical Thought Essay #1 - Child Trait (3 pages)

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Critical Thought Essay #1 - Child Trait

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Psyc 3530 - Psy of Offender
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Taylor Metelits Carter PSYC 3530 Psychology of the Offender September 13 2014 Critical Thought Essay 1 Michael Metelits doesn t have many striking similarities to Ted Bundy Charles Manson or Martha Stewart other than one trait the aforementioned have all violated the law Michael is an eighteen year old white male who grew up in a well provided for family in a suburban neighborhood in northeast Houston In Kingwood Michael never experienced the trauma of divorce or poverty His IQ is average if not above Why then between the ages of fourteen and eighteen has Michael had 6 arrests This essay will serve as an attempt at explaining the criminal behavior of Michael Metelits according to various widely accepted theories of crime focusing on the psychological aspect Michael has one sibling a twenty one year old sister who is currently attending college He currently lives with his parents as he is beginning his first year in college at a local community college by the name of Lone Star College System Kingwood His parents Brian and Teresa have been happily married for twenty three years His grandmother LaVern lives minutes away from his parents house and has maintained a close relationship with Michael and his family for years At a glance one would assume that Michael would have been expected to have a much more positive outcome as a now adult in contrast to what reality presents There aren t many biological precursors that could be considered other than the possibility of elevated testosterone Considering any psychological predispositions that Michael may be subject to includes that of the following impulsivity lower conscience development and psychopathic characteristics grandiose sense of selfworth pathological lying manipulative behavior failure to accept responsibility juvenile delinquency and poor behavior controls and irresponsibility Environmental factors that are were present in Michael s life would be the presence of familial substance abuse Michael s maternal grandmother is an alcoholic familial domestic violence familial abuse emotional verbal and physical directed at him and his sister poor discipline his parents employed the technique of spanking with a leather belt beginning when he was six years old and a community subculture that encouraged the illegal underground use of alcohol marijuana prescription narcotics and other various recreational drugs Considering childhood precursors to crime and violence in Michael s upbringing reveals multiple presences of rule breaking at home and school serious evidence of oppositional defiance disorder there has been a long history of defiance and aggression shown towards his mother and father beginning at age twelve poor emotional regulation there have been instances of outbursts uncontrollable anger in specific and ineffective discipline by his parents the movement of authoritarian parenting to permissive parenting and the use of spanking and physical aggression for discipline At the age of eighteen evidence that points towards intensification of criminal violent behavior is that of substance abuse and occupational failures Michael beginning at the age of thirteen has consistently been involved with a variety of illegal or illegally obtained substances such as alcohol marijuana and prescription narcotics Michael has also presented a completely inconsistent record with employment jobs have rarely been held for longer than a few months and when a job is left it is in an irresponsible manner no two weeks notice given won t show up for scheduled shifts etc Upon completing a general assessment of antecedent conditions early indicators and developmental processes apparent in Michael s history two conclusions have been reached Michael suffers from criminal thinking patterns and or Albert Bandura s Social Learning Theory can explain Michael s history of considerably deviant behavior A complete list of Michael s arrests begins with theft at fourteen years of age two MIPs Minor in Possession one PI public intoxication evading arrest once and ends as of most updated information with one DWI driving with influence at the age of eighteen Evidence of criminal thinking patterns that Michael exhibits is described as follows Through familial testimony and various social interactions it has been seen that he is seen as a master manipulator who assigns the blame for his behavior to others In addition his thrill seeking and disruptive behavior support Herbert Quay s Stimulation Seeking Theory explanation in which more stimulation serves to increase sensory input and arousal to a more tolerable level In essence he has a personality that isn t satisfied with the average level of stimulation from day to day activities and or normal human accidents therefore it is self gratifying to violate the law Finally Michael s family can be seen as especially dysfunctional due to parental patterns identified by Arnold Buss during the sensitive periods of Michael s development his mother was cold and distant while his father exhibited inconsistency in punishment and use of rewards In regards to the Social Learning Theory familial influences that model aggression include physical emotional verbal child abuse and aggressive parental attitudes and language According to Michael his dad and mom exhibited many angry and aggressive tendencies such as impatience general dismissal of Michael and lots of angry and aggressive language Although there aren t many subcultural influences to be commented on there are symbolic influences such as video games and media that could have had an impact on Michael s behavior In elaboration games such as Grand Theft Auto and Halo have been played frequently These games exhibit intense violent graphics and in game motivations that elicit in game aggression and possibly real life aggression as well In conclusion there is a broad spectrum of well researched theories that can be elaborated on to explain Michael s criminal behavior The selection of the previously explained theories only reflects a fraction of the available knowledge A couple things can be said about Michael s behavior going forward he is a nonviolent offender and although his familial environment exhibits instances of abuse based on lack of poverty and deprivation of basic needs Michael can still be projected to have a relatively positive outcome in the future


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