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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 ...

Do the Harmful Effects of Low Self-Control Vary Across Different Circumstances?
Do the Harmful Effects of Low Self-Control Vary Across Different Circumstances?

The idea of resilience is one of the more exciting behavioral science stories of recent decades (Fergus & Zimmerman, 2005; Masten, 2001), and it illustrates a pattern central to this chapter. Resilience refers to a pattern in which highly disadvantaged children unexpectedly overcome their adversity to achieve competence and success over the life course. These are children born into intense poverty, perhaps to a single parent who did not finish high school, who often have been exposed to trauma and hardships involving such things as family violence, ...

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