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  1. Kathleen M. Heide

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0239

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Heide, K. M. 2010. Criminology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of South Florida

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Criminology is the scientific study of crime and criminal behavior. It encompasses criminal law, the measurement of crime, theories of criminal offending, types of offenders, and society's responses to offenders. Criminology is an interdisciplinary field, drawing from many disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, sociology, biology, public health, law, political science, criminal justice, economics, and geography.


  • crime;
  • law;
  • theory;
  • crime causation;
  • crime measurement;
  • intervention with offenders