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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 ...

Infancy and Childhood: What Are the Causes of Self-Control Early in Life?
Infancy and Childhood: What Are the Causes of Self-Control Early in Life?

In June 2013, 16-year-old Ethan Couch was driving his father’s pickup truck on a road near Fort Worth, Texas, with a bunch of his friends as passengers. He lost control of the truck, colliding with a parked car where four people were fixing a flat tire. All four were killed. Also, two of Couch’s friends in the bed of the truck were tossed from it; one experienced internal injuries and broken bones, while the other incurred brain injuries so severe that he is now unable ...

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