Sutherland: Theory of Differential Association

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Sutherland: Theory of Differential Association

1. Criminal behaviour is learn't 

2. Criminal behaviour is learned in interaction with other persons in a process of communication 

3. The principal part of learning of criminal behaviour occurs within intimate personal groups 

4. When criminal behaviour is learned, the learning includes the techniques of committing the crime 

5. The specific direction of motives and drives is learned from defintions of the legal code as favourable or unfavourable 

6. A person become delinquent because of an excess of defintions favourable to violation of law over defintions unfavourable to violation of law 

7. Differential associations may vary in frequency, duration, priority and intensity 

8. Criminal behaviour is an expression of general needs and values 

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