Learning theory of offending behaviour

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  • Created on: 06-02-17 09:11

Differential association theory

  • Sutherland (1939) described that criminal behaviour is learnt from the environment around an individual.
  • Occurs by learning motivations, attitudes and drives of those engaging in criminal behaviour. Contact with lots of different messages encouraging offensive behavior- Sutherland named these messages 'favourable differentiations'.

Research & Evaluative points

  • Matsueda (1988) stated that there was not enough research conducted on Differential association theory for it to be able to be an explanation for offending behaviour.
  • Alarid et al


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