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What exactly is self-control, and what life outcomes does it affect? What causes a person to have high or low self-control to begin with? What effect does self-control have on crime and other harmful behavior? Using a clear, conversational writing style, Self-Control and Crime Over the Life Course answers critical questions about self-control and its importance for understanding criminal behavior. Authors Carter Hay and Ryan Meldrum use intuitive examples to draw attention to the close connection between self-control and the behavioral choices people make, especially in reference to criminal, deviant, and harmful behaviors that often carry short-term benefits but long-term costs. The text builds an overall theoretical perspective that conveys the multi-disciplinary nature of modern-day self-control research. Moreover, far from emphasizing only theoretical issues, the ...

What Are the Consequences of Low Self-Control
What Are the Consequences of Low Self-Control

All of us occasionally make bad decisions. Perhaps we are enticed by temptation, oblivious to the complications that will ensue. Afterward, upon reflection, we may see how shortsighted and negligent we were.

Most of us, however, will never have an experience like that of a father in Sullivan County, Tennessee (“Buy this dad a brain,” 2008). One day in October 2008, he drank 15 beers and combined that with liquor and cocaine. He then set off in the family van with a female friend and his three sons. He wisely decided not to drive; unwisely, however, ...

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