Thesis (UNI Access Only)
Crime--Sociological aspects; Parent and child;
Gottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory of Crime (GTC; 1990) claims that ineffective parenting leads to criminal behavior due to a manifestation of low self-control as a juvenile. This study aims to test GTC's theoretical implications of ineffective parenting leading to low self-control, and as a result, increased criminality by assessing the relationship with parents, level of self-control, number of convictions and criminal thinking styles with adult male offenders. Overall, results from this study suggest that the implications of GTC or how it is measured are not applicable to the forensic population on which the theory is based. Null results from this study also suggest that parenting may not impact criminal lifestyles as predicted in GTC.
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Department of Psychology
Elizabeth K. Lefler
1 PDF file (ix, 69 pages)
2014 - Kirstin Denise Kerr Kramer
Kramer, Kirstin Denise Kerr, "Testing implications of the general theory of crime" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 115.