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Misanthropy and criminal behavior

Purpose: The purpose of this research is to examine the relationship between misanthropy and criminal behavior including the relationship between misanthropy and crime by sex. Method: This study uses data collected from a self-report survey administered to California State University, Stanislaus students during the Spring 2013 semester. The survey included measures for misanthropy and criminal behavior, as well as general demographic information. Results: The results showed some support for the hypothesis that misanthropy is associated with criminal behavior, but this finding was limited to vandalism. Moreover, the misanthropy and crime relationship was fundamentally similar for males and females. Conclusions: Misanthropy and its relationship to criminal behavior seems to work based on the Goldilocks principle; an individual may not be willing to physically harm another person but may still need a visible victim, making vandalism a crime that is “just right.” Recommendations: This study, as the first of its kind, lays the groundwork for further studies to be done on different population particularly non-college students who are more likely to engage in crime.

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