Fitting the Facts of Crime

An Invitation to Biopsychosocial Criminology

Chad Posick, Michael Rocque, and J.C. Barnes
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214 pages
5.5 x 8.25
1 tables, 7 figs.

Presenting a biopsychosocial perspective to explain the most common findings in criminology—and to guide future research and public policy


Biosocial criminology—and biosocial criminologists—focuses on both the environmental and biological factors that contribute to antisocial behavior. Importantly, these two domains are not separate parts of an equation but pieces of the same puzzle that fit together for a complete picture of the causes of crime/antisocial behavior.

Fitting the Facts of Crime applies a biopsychosocial lens to the “13 facts of crime” identified by John Braithwaite in his classic book, Crime, Shame and Reintegration. The authors unpack established facts—about gender and sex, age, environment, education, class, social bonds and associations, stress, and other influences—providing both empirical research and evidence from biopsychosocial criminology to address the etiology behind these facts and exactly how they are related to deviant behavior.

With their approach, the authors show how biopsychosocial criminology can be a unifying framework to enrich our understanding of the most robust and well-established topics in the field. In so doing, they demonstrate how biological and psychological findings can be responsibly combined with social theories to lend new insight into existing inquiries and solutions. Designed to become a standard text for criminology in general, Fitting the Facts of Crime introduces key concepts and applies them to real-world situations.

About the Author(s)

Chad Posick is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia Southern University. He is the coauthor of The Criminal Brain: Understanding Biological Theories of Crime, Second Edition (with Nicole Rafter and Michael Rocque) and Great Debates in Criminology (with Michael Rocque).

Michael Rocque is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Bates College. He is the author of The Criminal Brain: Understanding Biological Theories of Crime, Second Edition (with Nicole Rafter and Chad Posick), Desistance from Crime: New Advances in Theory and Research, and Great Debates in Criminology (with Chad Posick).

J.C. Barnes is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati and the coauthor of Criminological Theory: A Brief Introduction, Fourth Edition. His research seeks to identify the interaction of individual differences and socio-cultural environments on offending behaviors. He is an Associated Investigator with the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, which is run out of the University of Otago in New Zealand.