Types Of Strain

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According to Agnew (1995), there are three major types of strains, the failure to achieve positively valued stimuli, strain is the loss of positively valued stimuli, and the presentation of negative stimuli. The first type of strain is the failure to achieve positively valued stimuli, which comes from the person disappointment to accomplish positively valued goals for which members of the society struggle to attain. The first goal is money and it is the cause of strain when it is not available. Agnew (1994) found monetary strain to be related to crime and that past studies might not have measure all aspects of economic goal obstruction. This is a significant aspect if considering the gender status. However, findings from this study confirm criminals desire the gain of large sums of money. Another type of positively valued goal is respect and status. Although this type is culturally different, it is very important when considering masculinity because males are more likely to commit crime to achieve a status and autonomy.
Agnew (1992) argued that autonomy, which is power of oneself, is the type of goal that is respected in society. The need of autonomy has shown to result in delinquency as the person tries to assert autonomy, attained autonomy, and releases frustration against those who tried to deprived the them from attaining autonomy. When
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Researches have shown that the removal of positive stimuli can lead to the cause of strain and such strain can be in the form of death, such as losing a loved one or a significant other. The third type of strain is the presentation of negative stimuli and such strain might be that the person experienced abuse or had an adverse relation with their parents. There are magnitudes of empirical data that have shown how the strain theory can be utilized to explain different types of crime and an example of that is white-collar crime or corporate
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