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Criminology Theories
This paper discusses criminology theories and looks at how they help prevent crime and reduce criminal behaviors.
# 97843 | 1,122 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper examines two criminology theories and holds them against the current social phenomena of adolescent substance abuse. The writer explores the relevant theories. The writer notes that as mankind continues to study the criminal element, it continues to develop theories that can be applied to criminal behavior. The writer then explains that two well known criminal theories are labeling and social bonding. In each of these theories there are markers to help explain some of the behavior patterns when it comes to adolescents and substance abuse. The writer points out that it is important to understand how these theories impact the problem, so that future attempts can be made to proactively prevent substance abuse.

Labeling Theory
Social Bond Theory
Relating Theory to Social Issue

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harrison, Larry R (1997) Control theory, labeling theory, and the delivery of services for drug abuse to adolescents. Adolescence
  • Marcos, A. C., & Johnson, R. E. (1988). Cultural patterns and causal processes in adolescent drug use: The case of Greeks versus Americans. The International Journal of the Addictions, 23, 545-572.
  • Ray, M. C., & Downs, W. R. (1986). An empirical test of labeling theory using longitudinal data. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 23, 169-194.
  • Pawlak, Rebecca (1993) Effects of social bonds and childhood experiences on alcohol abuse and smoking. The Journal of Social Psychology

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