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Criminal thinking and sociological theories

What sociological theories could utilize cognitive restructuring as a tool for changing criminal thinking and preventing future crimes?

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The following theories could utilize cognitive restructuring as a tool for changing criminal thinking and preventing future crime:

Social Learning Theory - included are: Bandura's modeling/imitation; Sutherland's differential association; Glasser's differential identification; Akers social learning theory

Durkheim's anomie theory
Anomie, in contemporary English, means a condition or malaise in individuals, characterized by an absence or diminution of standards or values. When applied to a government or society, anomie implies a social unrest or chaos.

In Durkheim's view, traditional religions often provided the basis for the shared values which the anomic individual lacks. Furthermore, he argued that the division of labor that had been prevalent in economic life since the Industrial Revolution led individuals to pursue egoistic ends rather than seeking the good of a larger community.

Robert King Merton also adopted the idea of anomie to develop Strain Theory, defining it as the discrepancy ...

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Sociological theories that utilize cognitive restructuring as a tool for changing criminal thinking and preventing future crimes.

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