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Analysis of the Self-Control Theory of Crime
Critical analysis of the self-control theory of crime.
# 147195 | 1,092 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper takes issue with the self-control theory of crime and the emphasis it places on parental responsibility for the criminal behavior of their children. The paper further argues that too much blame is placed on individual parents and not enough responsibility on society to create equal opportunities and avenues of success for all children. The paper then describes the basic premise of the self-control theory. This is contrasted with sociological theories of deviant behavior. The weaknesses in this theory are also addressed. The paper concludes by stating that juvenile delinquency is not necessarily the fault of the parent or the child, but may lie in a society that stresses economic success over family strength.

From the Paper:

"Presumably, at the source of this theory is that the parents as the most significant sources of teaching of morals and standards are the first, primary and nearly exclusive source of the teaching of external control measures that are then demonstrative of the individuals' ability to assimilate and absorb self-control as they move through various periods of their lives. In short the premise, often espoused by the "old guard" that modern parents are too permissive and fail to teach self-control to their children. Individuals, both expert and novice challenge the "softening" of society and the de-emphasis of punishment over praise for children as the source of modern deviance and crime."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bartkowski, J. P. (1995). Spare the Rod . . ., or Spare the Child? Divergent Perspectives on Conservative Protestant Child Discipline. Review of Religious Research, 37(2), 97-116.
  • Bowman, P. J., & Sanders, R. (1998). Unmarried African American Fathers: A Comparative Life Span Analysis. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 29(1), 39.
  • Brendtro, L. K., Mitchell, M. L., & Mccall, H. (2007). Positive Peer Culture: Antidote to "Peer Deviance Training". Reclaiming Children and Youth, 15(4), 200.
  • (2001). Bullies, Fights, and Guns: Testing Self-Control Theory with Juveniles. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing.
  • Elikann, P. T. (1996). The Tough-On-Crime Myth: Real Solutions to Cut Crime. New York: Insight Books.

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