Sociology Index


Belief is the degree to which an individual believes in conventional values, morality, and the legitimacy of law. In Travis Warner Hirschi's work, aspects of the social bond. Belief is also an important factor when measuring social bonds and is defined as the acceptance of a conventional values system. The four components of social bond theory are attachment, commitment, involvement, and belief (Hirschi, 1969). 

Hirschi states that when individuals do not believe that they should conform to social convention, they are more likely to break the law, and that teenagers are not exceptions to social conventions. Hirschi believes that attachment to others can help prevent deviant behavior. Laws legal or cultural norms, belief systems, traditions all play a determining role in various aspects of our lives.

A school's climate often refers to the unwritten beliefs, values, and attitudes of the school, and the interaction between students, teachers and administrators as well as organizational characteristics of the school (Anderson, 1982; Welsh et al., 2001).

Fishbein, Martin, and Icek Ajzen. 1975. Belief, Attitude, Intention, and Behavior. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.