Interpersonal And Situational Theories Of Delinquency Essay

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The theory that helps explain the delinquent acts of the people in “The Stickup Kids” is drift theory, in which there is the “Effort to focus on the connection between internally based and societally based theories of delinquency” (p#). This theory allows for agency, the choice in behavior throughout one’s life, in order to fight back against the oppressive social forces around them, but knowing that people adapt to these forces, not determined by them. People are more complex than can be accounted for, and are able to change their “fate” psychologists attribute poor behavior towards. There are three generic assumptions of interpersonal and situational theories of delinquency: delinquent behavior is “flexible and not fixed” in which depending on the outside forces and personal troubles that come from those outside forces persuade behaviors. Second, society determines what is delinquent behavior, and arises from the same situations that “good” behavior comes from. Lastly, delinquent behavior is commonly committed in a group setting which is why delinquency comes and goes from the norm for that individual.
Drift theory can help explain one of the main characters in “The Stickup Kids” is Pablo. When he was in high school, he was not involved in the illegal drug industry because he did not need too. Even though he was surrounded by it, he had legal ways of not needing to entering into it. He had people who supported him like his father and coach, and colleges were interested in
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