The Main Categories Of Theoretical Explanations For Delinquent Behavior And Attitudes

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I. Eve, Raymond A. (1978). A Study of the Efficacy and Interactions of Several Theories for Explaining Rebelliousness among High School Students. The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 69 (1), p. 115-125.

II. Research question: The purpose of this study was to examine the three main categories of theoretical explanations for delinquent/deviant behavior. While focusing on the second category of deviant behavior, “rebelliousness”; Eve sets out to measure the independent variables associated with the three categories of deviant theory to determine if they are or are not mutually exclusive. Secondarily, an exploratory analysis of inter-relationships between the three main theoretical categories is also included.

III. Theory/Past Literature R. Merton and T. Hirschi are among the two most well-known theorist of delinquent behavior and attitudes. (p. 115-116) Merton is best known for his typology of goals and means, in discussing his definition of “rebellious” teens he describes teens that reject the goals and means of the high school. Hirschi, as the article states has the developed the “most productive categorization of the differing theoretical explanations of delinquent behavior. (p. 116) Hirschi, created the 3 fundamental perspectives of delinquency, deviant behavior or crime and is as follows: 1). Strain or Anomie Theories, 2). Culture Conflict Theories, and 3). Social Control or Bond Theories. (p. 116) Strain or Anomie Theory is…
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