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Social Bond Theory

Social bond theory asserts that crime is not caused, it is simply not controlled. As with other control theories, social bond theories assume that the motivation to commit crime is inherent and natural. In 1969, Travis Hirschi noted that control theory is a theory in which deviation is not problematic; rather, it is a theory whereby scholars seek to answer why people do not commit deviant acts.

Social bond theory is one of the most frequently cited and tested theories in criminology. Although the theory is not without its critics, the influence of social bond theory in explaining deviant behavior cannot be overstated. In the 1960s, using a sample obtained from the Richmond Youth Project consisting of male high school students from the San Francisco Bay ...

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