The Theory Of Criminal Behavior

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The theory I believe that explains criminal behavior and delinquency the best would be the Differential Reinforcement Theory, reviewed by Robert Burgess and Ronald Akers after it was criticized by C.R. Jeffery. Burgess and Akers argued against Sutherland’s work by using what he had used already and adding operant conditioning and modeling/condition in order to explain criminal behavior more clearly. They offered seven propositions to summarize the Differential Reinforcement Theory, which was a justification of Sutherland’s none principles of differential association. The following are the seven propositions, criminal behavior is learned according to the principles of operant conditioning, criminal behavior is learned both in nonsocial situations that are reinforcing or discriminative and through that social interaction in which the behavior of other persons is reinforcing or discriminative for criminal behavior, the principal part of the learning of criminal behavior occurs in those groups which comprise the individual’s major source of reinforcements. The first proposition is very important to this theory. The fourth one states that, the learning of criminal behavior, including specific techniques, attitudes, and avoidance procedures, is a function of the effective and available reinforcers, and the existing reinforcement contingencies. the fifth and sixth propositions are the specific class of behaviors which are learned and their frequency of occurrence is a function of

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