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Power-control theory was developed to explain minor forms of juvenile delinquency based on the association between power differentials in the workplace and parental control efforts in the home. Its main focus was to show that males are involved in relatively more delinquency than females when they are raised in homes in which the father exercises greater power than the mother. This entry outlines power-control theory and describes how it has been used to explain gender differences in delinquency and religiousness.

Outline of Power-Control Theory

Power and control are two central concepts in the social and behavioral sciences. Power involves the ability of people (or groups) to achieve their desires even when others are resistant. Control refers to activities that regulate the behaviors of individuals or groups. John ...

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