Social And Social Learning Theory

1553 Words Oct 14th, 2015 7 Pages
The Social Learning Theory is best defined as crime is learned through associations with others who commit crimes. Juveniles are very impressionable or gullible, wherein they want to be popular or part of the in-crowd or clique. In comparison to the 1970’s versus today, juveniles are emulating criminals depicted on television not just through associations. Consider the current state of technology, specifically the internet and websites such as “You Tube.” With respect to crime and juvenile delinquents, You Tube is and can be a negative influence. In addressing the topics of associations and crime, the Columbine massacre, as well as the current school shootings, can be attributed to the Social Learning Theory.
Social Disorganization Theory
The Social Disorganization Theory was discovered by researchers Shaw and McKay. This theory focuses on the family, neighborhood, and economic environments of youths. Social Disorganization and Social Learning have similarities with respects to association. The Social Learning Theory emphasizes crime occurs because of association with other criminal elements. Conversely, the Disorganization Theory accentuates crime is attributed to where an individual resides. If both theories are coalesced, the residential location coincides with association. Normally, juvenile delinquents tend to associate with other individuals from their neighborhoods, as well as schools. Additionally, the crimes committed by juvenile delinquents have a tendency to…
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