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top-down approach

 in thecontext of offender profiling, an approach that examines evidencefrom the crime scene in light of existing classifications and theories ofserious crimes (the 'top') and appraises which category a particular crime fits into. Commonlyused by American criminal profilers.

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June 14th 2021

Rogers (1902-1987)

 was one ofthe original founders of the humanistic perspective. His theories encompassedthe importance of unconditional and conditional positive regard in development of the 'selfconcept' and 'conditions of worth' set by others. His work has been applied to a rangeof domains, particularly in therapy through his development of'client-centred'(now class="d-title" named 'person-centred'therapy.