Self-Control Theory And Self Control

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Boutwell found through “Analysis of the Add Health data revealed that exposure to drug-using peers and levels of self-control were associated with abstention from” criminal behavior (Boutwell). As well as “multifactorial arrangement of environmental and genetic factors contributes to delinquency abstention.” (Boutwell). Boutwell’s study supports what Watts and McNulty found in their analysis of the biological and social effects on adolescents and criminal behavior. Watts and McNulty’s study shows the effect of biology and our genetic make up compared to our socialization and likelihood to associate with different peer groups. The findings tell us that both biology and socialization have an effect on the criminality of an individual. The biological implications argue…show more content…
Self-Control Theory takes a look at people’s failure to control their own actions. I will be taking an in-depth look at research that is related to self-control, similar to the last study by Armstrong and Boutwell that was examined for biological and socialization theory, but with a focus placed specifically on self-control. As previously seen learned in lecture 15, “self control theory assumes all individuals are born selfish and predisposed toward criminality if not controlled their theory breaks from social control theory by arguing that it’s the level of internal “self control” within an individual that determines whether or not the commit crime” the bases of these studies will revolve around this general definition, with some variance depending on the specified study’s interest. The two studies that focus on the theory of self-control are “Maternal versus adolescent reports of self-control: Implications for testing the general theory of crime.” and “Parenting, Self-Control, and Delinquency: Examining the Applicability of Gottfredson and Hirschi 's General Theory of Crime to South Korean Youth” by Youngoh Jo and Yan
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