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The Role of the Social Environment in General Strain Theory
The role of the social environment in general strain theory
RobertAgnewEmory University

General strain theory (GST) states that certain strains or stressors increase the likelihood of crime (Agnew, 2007). Examples of criminogenic strains include the inability to achieve monetary success, harsh parental discipline, peer abuse, and discrimination. These strains lead to negative emotions such as anger and frustration, which create pressure for corrective action. And crime is one possible response. Crime is a means to reduce or escape from strains; for example, individuals may steal the money they desire or run away from abusive parents. Crime may be used to obtain revenge against the source of strain or related targets; for example, juveniles may assault the peers ...

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