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Drift Theory

  • By: Margaret Mahoney & Katie A. Farina
  • In: Encyclopedia of Social Deviance
  • Edited by: Craig J. Forsyth & Heith Copes
  • Subject:Psychopathology, Crime & Deviance (general)

Drift theory was originally proposed by Greshem Sykes and David Matza to explain how juvenile delinquents can hold both conventional and deviant values and attitudes. The theory claims that delinquents use techniques of neutralization to rationalize their delinquent and/or deviant ...

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