Charles R. Tittle 's Control Balance Theory

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The aim of this paper is to present a more comprehensive understanding of Charles R. Tittle’s control balance theory. Introduced are the assumptions about human nature and criminal behavior, hypotheses, methods for testing, empirical support, limitations, and implications. This research presents the benefits of identifying similar concepts in theories and merging them to create a broader theory. Moreover, the focus of this theory is on the claim that Tittle developed a theory that can explain both conventional criminal behavior as well as elite crime. Though more research is needed, the goal of this research is to show the positive impacts of integrating theories to create a utopian general theory. Observations, conclusions, and recommendations are described in the conclusions.
The purpose of this research shall be to understand Tittle’s control balance theory and how it can be used as a sole general theory of crime and deviance. This research will focus on the understanding of the theory; and the use of concepts with similar meanings, and the fusion of them to form one common theme. Tittle’s theory can be used to explain a vast amount of deviant behavior ranging from white-collar crime, to street crime and states that the main problem is finding the balance of control. This theory is an ideal theory with massive potential because it makes sense, it is intuitive, and it is parsimonious (Akers & Sellers, 2013).

In 1995, Charles R Tittle…
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