Deviant Behavior Essay

1674 WordsJun 15, 20027 Pages
Deviant behavior refers to behavior that does not conform to norms, does not meet the expectations of a group of a society as a whole. After birth, children begin to experience situations with others. They are taught what he or she should and should not do, what is good or bad and what is right or wrong. Learning habits that conform to the customs and traditions of the groups into which the child is born develops a system of values. These values provide justification and motivation or for wanting to refrain from behavior that is disapproved. After reading this, one can see how a behavior is considered deviant, but the question is, "Why is a certain type of behavior considered deviant?" This paper will take a particular deviant…show more content…
This common belief holds that people using drugs necessarily have personal problems and lack social skills, which then in turn, threatens personal health and morality to societies well being. Also, medically, reference to elicit drug use is considered drug abuse. This portrays an image that is unrealistic. It tells society that drugs are a huge problem and that anyone who is associated with drugs has a problem. These common stereotypes about drug users in turn helped create new societal norms. Drug use leads society to believe only certain (bad) people involve themselves with drugs and the only to way to handle this problem is to make the public aware. Hence, creating new laws and stricter enforcement only helps to inform the public of how serious a problem drug use is and in turn, is labeled as deviant behavior. Now knowing why society believes illicit drug use is considered a deviant act, what type of theories can be best used to evaluate them? First, one has to know a brief explanation of each theory and the reasoning behind each theory. These theories care designed to address a problem area and gain insight into why these problems exist. There are many different types of theories, but this paper will focus on three. The first being the labeling theory. The second being the conflict theory and the last being the learning theory. All these theories will be explained along with what part of each theory will be evaluated. The labeling
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