Sociology Index

SOCIAL CONTROL THEORY

SOCIAL CONTROL THEORY explains why all of us do not commit crime. Social control theory explains why people are law-abiding? Social control theory is about the many ways in which social control works in family, schools and work situations. The answer is in dimensions of social control.

A Longitudinal Test of Social Control Theory and Delinquency - ROBERT AGNEW - Recent longitudinal research find that cross-sectional studies have exaggerated the importance of Travis Warner Hirschi's social control theory.

Social Control Theory and Delinquency
Michael D. Wiatrowski, David B. Griswold and Mary K. Roberts - American Sociological Review - Vol. 46, No.5.
Travis Warner Hirschi's social control theory proposes that delinquents fail to form a social bond to society consisting of attachment, commitment, and belief.

The Interethnic Generalizability of Social Control Theory: An Empirical Test - Marianne Junger, Ineke Haen Marshall - Multivariate analysis support the key propositions.

The Weak Strength of Social Control Theory - David F. Greenberg - A self-reported delinquency data from the Richmond Youth Survey indicates that social control theory has only limited explanatory power.

Self-Control and Social Bonds: A Combined Control Perspective on Deviance 
Douglas Longshore, Eunice Chang, Shih-chao Hsieh, Nena Messina, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, University of California - Results support the utility of integrating self-control and social bonding perspectives on deviant behavior.

Exploring the Utility of Social Control Theory for Youth Development 
Issues of Attachment, Involvement, and Gender - ANGELA J. HUEBNER, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, SHERRY C. BETTS, University of Arizona - To examine the utility of social control theory's "attachment" and "involvement" bonds as protective factors to examine gender differences in reports of delinquency.

Religion and Social Control: An Application of a Modified Social Bond on Violence - Michael A. Cretacci 
Whether the elements of a social bond will have an impact on violence across developmental stages.

The Integrated Social Control Model and Ethnicity 
The Case of Puerto Rican American Delinquency - ORLANDO RODRIGUEZ, DAVID WEISBURD. 
Delinquency research has not addressed the question raised by ethnographic research studies.  The extent to which the delinquency of specific ethnic groups can be modeled with a general theory. Elliott, Huizinga, and Ageton's analytical model of delinquency based on an integration of social control, social learning, and strain theory.

Juvenile Delinquency in The Republic of China: A Chinese Empirical Study of Social Control Theory 
Journal: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice Volume:12 Issue:1, C J Sheu 
An explanation can be offered only when there is empirical evidence to verify the applicability of Social Control Theory to Chinese society.

Longitudinal Analysis of Social Control Theory - M D Smith 
Social control theory is more successful than theories of delinquency as its premises allow for interpretations of variations in delinquent behavior. Results demonstrated the validity of the social control theory as an explanation of delinquent behavior.

TESTING SOCIAL CONTROL THEORY AND DIFFERENTIAL ASSOCIATION: A REANALYSIS OF THE RICHMOND YOUTH PROJECT DATA - BARBARA J. COSTELLO, PAUL R. VOWELL
Matsueda tested social control theory against differential association theory using Hirschi's Richmond Youth Project data. Results are more supportive of social control theory than differential association theory.