Essay by asianprideboiCollege, UndergraduateA+, May 2003

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For centuries, the one plague that human civilization faces is a disease that has no evident cure, also known as crime. Before one can even try to find solutions for it, one must understand what a crime is and the nature of crime. Crime itself is defined as any offence harmful against society. The nature of crime however deals with the motives and causes of crime, which has no one clear cut explanation. There are several different causes of crime such as: heredity, gender and mental defects, but each one is not substantial enough to explain crime and why it takes place. The theory of heredity as being the source of crime is based on the idea that criminal activity is subjected by human genes. Gender being the root of crime suggests that testosterone; the male hormone that causes aggressive behavior is encouraged in male-dominated societies, thus leading to criminal behavior.

Both heredity and gender are based on "nature", but in effect, lead to "nurture". Beginning mental defects can be caused during pregnancy (i.e. smoking and drinking while pregnant) or any disturbance to the central nervous system during childhood. In fact all these apparent causes can be linked in one way or another to childhood upbringing. While a child grows up, economical factors that interfere with his/her lifestyle such as poverty can lead to theft. Scientific proof shows that testosterone does cause aggressive behavior in males, so why does society still encourage it in young males then? Domestic abuse can have enormous consequences to a child's "mental" state, which in turn can cause "mental" imbalance. When all the theories are added up, the sum total is equal to childhood upbringing. Therefore, the way a child is nurtured the influence of economical, social and traumatic factors contribute to the causes of...