The Self-Control Theory of Delinquency

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Introduction The Self-control Theory of Delinquency has received extensive attention in the past decade, but most studies have not tested its arguments about the effects of parenting on self-control and delinquency. In this essay, the author will analyze the subject of self-control theory as it was tracked through Hong Kong families to see if it has any impact upon delinquency. Analysis Before we explore the subject of self-control theory with regard to the article from the Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies, we have to define it. Self-control theory is a criminological theory about the lack of individual self-control as the main factor behind criminal behavior ("A general theory," 2007). The theory is controversial and has been subjected to much debate since it was formulated. In the journal article, the authors attempt to map out how dysfunctions such as a lack of control are passed down in families. To do this, they postulated a mediation model in order to identify personal and interpersonal precedents for such social axioms as social cynicism and rewards for the application of those axioms, positive or negative. Information regarding general family functioning was collected from elementary school students in Hong Kong. To properly measure family dysfunction, the Family Assessment Device (FAD) was used to assess this factor in family dynamics (Wong, Chen & Wu, 2010, 73). The study used a 53-item self-report measure which was rated on a 4-point
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