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The Role of the Psychologist in the Context of Criminal Assessments and Delinquent Behavior


The paper emphasizes the importance of understanding the psychological characteristics and personal attributes that contribute to criminal behavior. It explores various psychological and psycho-social theories that explain delinquent conduct and highlights the role of psychologists in assessing individuals involved in criminal cases. The methodology of the paper involves a comprehensive analysis of existing literature, integrating quantitative and qualitative techniques to gain insights into the psychological profiles of individuals engaged in criminal behavior. The paper discusses the significance of employing a comprehensive approach in psychological assessments, including risk assessments, competency evaluations, and psychological evaluations. Psychologists play a vital role in understanding and evaluating delinquent behavior by utilizing assessment tools and techniques to assess an individual's mental health, cognitive abilities, personality traits, and potential psychological disorders. These evaluations contribute to understanding the underlying factors that influence criminal behavior and inform appropriate interventions or treatment plans. The paper also highlights the ethical considerations involved in criminal assessments, such as obtaining informed consent, maintaining confidentiality, and considering cultural competency. It emphasizes the importance of continuous professional development for assessors to ensure the delivery of high-quality assessments. Furthermore, the paper discusses the role of personal qualities in delinquent behavior, including impulsiveness, the prevalence of negative emotional backdrop, a quest for risky sensations, empathy, altruism, and honesty. It emphasizes the relationship between these personal characteristics and criminal behavior, providing insights into the psychological factors that contribute to delinquency. Overall, this paper aims to explore the crucial role played by psychologists in criminal assessments and understanding delinquent behavior, highlighting the need for a comprehensive approach and ethical considerations in the field of forensic psychology.


Psychological, Psycho-social, Disorders, Criminal assessments, Delinquent behavior


Valbona Treska, Fleura Shkëmbi

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