Most antisocial behaviors in adults can be traced back to childhood origins. Throughout a child's development many risk factors may contribute to a criminal mindset. Consistent problematic behavior in childhood can be an indicator that a child will develop criminal tendencies in the future. Noticing these behaviors in time and providing them the help they need can lead them on a safe path.
What is a criminal mind?
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Before its too late
Countless factors come together in the creation of a criminal, some of which are controllable, while others are not.
Top 5 warning signs
Violence Towards Animals
Since the 1970s studies have shown that violence towards animals is one of the most telling signs that a child will later preform delinquent, violent and criminal behavior.
Violence Towards Peers
According to a study that followed children from youth to adulthood, children with the “highest degree of conduct behavior problems” were five times more likely to be convicted of a crime.
No Empathy Towards Others
Empathy is the ability to understand what another person is feeling. Children lacking empathy have a difficult time forming close attachments, use cruelty to gain power, and have manipulative tendencies.
Fascination With Fire or Weapons
It is important to tell the difference between curiosity and obsession with possible harmful devises.
Pathological Lying And Manipulating
Compulsive lying in childhood has been linked to a number of psychiatric diagnoses, such as ADHD, bipolar disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and conduct disorder.
What to do now?
If any of this information has brought someone to your attention don’t wait to seek help. Often warning signs are ignored and blamed on children acting out. Despite the stigma associated with mental illness, seeking help is crucial. The best way to deal with any concerns is to call the child's doctor to get a referral to a psychologist.