Social control & differential association theories

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Social control & differential association theories

Yes and no because people may attract other people depending on their behavior or actions.

A theory of criminality based on the principle that criminal behavior is learned through interactions with others. It also states that these individuals become delinquent because of an excess of information learned that supports the violation of laws over information learned that does not support the violation of laws.

What is Differential association theory?

Young people may look up to that peer and can be easily influenced by that person to engage in the same kind of delinquent behavior.

How do delinquent peers influence young people's behavior?

Do people tend to find other people who behave similarly?

Not necessarily, i strongly beleive that it depends on the individual.

Are we shaped by the people we hang out with?

A social process that controls or tries to prevent criminal behavior, which also leads humans to eventually conform to societies' rules. This deems that deviance results when social controls are weakened .

What is social control theory?

Basically if you have a strong bond to society, most likely no crime will be committed; however, if the bond to society is weak, crimes will most likely be committed.

How does social control argue that our bonds to society prevent criminal behavior?

Social bonds are things that you have to look forward to in life, such as:- car, home, money, career- relationships w/ family, friends

What are social bonds?

Yes people do need social controls to keep them from criminal behavior. social bonds can prevent deviant behavior.

Do people fundamentally need social controls to keep them from criminal behavior?


Freda , A., Mueller, G.O.W., & Laufer, W.S. (2013). Chapter 7 Social Control Theory. Criminology (8th ed., pp. 165-16). New York, Ny: McGraw-Hill.


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