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    Self-control Theory of Crime

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    I need some help conceptualizing the topic below and after writing a reflection on what I have learned from the topic:
    Gottfredson and Hirschi suggest that "self-control" explains all types of crimes, and can even explain other correlates to crime (such as smoking or drinking). Explain the theory in your own words, and discuss whether you agree with "self-control theory." What are its strengths and weaknesses?

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    Gottfredson and Hirschi Self-Control Theory
    The self-control theory of crime proposes that and individual's lack of self-control is the main factor cause of the individual's criminal behavior. The theory holds that parenting during childhood helps to determine the amount of self-control the individual has; ineffective parenting before a child reaches ten years of age leads to the child having less self-control as the child gets older and throughout life. The self -control theory of crime is often called the general theory of crime and was developed by criminologists Hirshi and Gottfredson based in large part on their study of the bonding theory.
    "Low self-control manifests in a variety of ways. People with low self-control are unable to delay gratification, for they are focused on the present. They want it now! As a result, low self-control people act impulsively—without much thought and based on what they are feeling at the moment. This makes them risk ...

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    This in-depth solution with over 600 words discusses the Gottfredson and Hirschi self-control theory of crime and also includes a reflection on the topic.