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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 Leads to Self-Control Change?
What Leads to Self-Control Change?

Breaking bad” has become a salient idea in American popular culture, fueled by the AMC Network’s acclaimed series set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The show chronicled the fictional experiences of Walter White, an unremarkable high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. The series begins with Walter worrying about how his family will get by if he dies. His knowledge of chemistry, his connection to a hardened former student, and healthy doses of serendipity and desperation push Walter toward a novel possibility: He could make big money in the production and distribution of methamphetamine—enough to pay for expensive medical treatments to stave off his cancer, but also to provide for his family in the ...

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