To Commit a Crime or Not Based on Gottfredson and Hirsch's Self-Control Theory

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Gottfredson and Hirsch’s self-control theory revolves around one’s inclination to commit a crime or refrain from committing a crime based on low or high self-controls. It is a general crime theory that explains all crime at all periods in time. The principal factor is self- control. In this theory, a person with low self-control is much more likely to commit a crime then a person with high self-control. For Gottfredson and Hirsch’s definition of crime, they state that a crime is an act undertaken in a person’s pursuits of self-interests. People that are involved in criminal acts in this theory are also prone to impulsive behaviors that provide some form of short term gratification. These impulsive behaviors include speeding, drinking and gambling. Due to the statistics that a path toward or away from crime commences early in life, Gottfredson and Hirsch contended further that the level of self-control is dependent on the quality of upbringing from parents at an early age. This theory goes on to state that parenting is the most important factor in determining a person’s self-control. According to the theory a person will have low self-control in the future if they have an unsupervised neglectful and abusive upbringing. Due to this, they could be prone to be impulsive, risk taking, non-verbal and tend to engage in crime throughout their lives. High self-control is taught at a young age by parents who supervise and spend the needed time with their kids. Parents teach their kids by punishing them for misconduct and they eventually develop the self-control needed which allows them to resist the temptations of crime. This also helps them in life in school, maintaining a job, and relationships. In this theory, if a person has not attaine...

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...umstances. I feel like their theory best illustrates how an individual with weak bonds to society from childhood throughout adulthood can change their deviant behavior if met with a salient life event. This theory explains why some people can change while others cannot. Some people are met and choose to embrace these salient life force events that allow them to conform to society while other people either do not have these salient life force events or choose to not embrace them.
This theory demonstrates that people can change over the course of their life-time from the data that backs it up. In this theory, changing one’s behavior is a process that someone wants to do due to relationships encountered with people over their lifetimes. It is a rational theory that shows when new bonds are formed, people can adapt to change and lead a conforming lifestyle in society.

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