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date: 17 February 2020

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This chapter introduces readers to the notion of personality and how it relates to offending through decision making. It also demonstrates the importance of personality to criminological inquiry more generally. The chapter begins with an explanation of what is personality, with a focus on two of the more common structural models used to measure it. In addition, a review of the robust association between personality and offending is provided. This is followed by an explanation of the theoretical and empirical linkages between personality and offender decision making. The final section provides readers with a sense of how personality can be better integrated into criminology and the advantages that can be realized by doing so.

Keywords: personality, psychology, structural models, five-factor model, HEXACO

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