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Why is moral development so critical in understanding criminal behavior? What have some of the criticisms been about juvenile crime and moral development.

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Moral development theories fall under the broader category of cognitive theories which attempt to understand and explain criminal behavior. In the simplest terms, cognitive theories, in the criminological context, are psychological theories “which focus centrally on the relationship between cognition [‘thinking’] and crime” (Newburn, 2017, p. 170). For theoretical context, consider that moral development theories are on the continuum of cognitive theories with theories, by Yochelson and Samenow, which focus on “identifiable flawed ways of thinking that are...

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