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Social control theory has stood the test of time and has bee

Social control theory has stood the test of time and has been revised, modified, and applied to many different types of deviant/criminal behavior. Hirschi's original version of social control looked at parents as the major control mechanism in ensuring that kids do not commit crime. The main premise of the theory is that through good parenting, individuals learn to differentiate between right and wrong from the early years of their childhood and this protects them from becoming criminals.

Do you think that parenting plays a major role in shaping the criminality of the children? Why?
With parents being so instrumental in shaping the likely criminality of their children, should there be mandatory classes in parenting? Why?

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Do you think that parenting plays a major role in shaping the criminality of the children? Why?

-- This actually comes back to the debate of nature vs. nurture. When we look at patterns of criminal behavior, we can see through various studies that when children are exposed from a young age to patterns of criminal behavior, the children are more likely to find the behavior acceptable, and to mimic the behavior. This can be seen in the following example - there are two young children of the same age, but unrelated. Child A is raised in a home where proper behavior is expected, and the child is encouraged to make the right choices while growing up, to do well in school, and to be a contributing, productive part of society. The child is encouraged to have morals, to show loyalty, ...

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Social control theory has stood the test of time and has been revised, modified, and applied to many different types of deviant/criminal behavior. Hirschi's original version of social control looked at parents as the major control mechanism in ensuring that kids do not commit crime. The main premise of the theory is that through good parenting, individuals learn to differentiate between right and wrong from the early years of their childhood and this protects them from becoming criminals.

Do you think that parenting plays a major role in shaping the criminality of the children? Why?
With parents being so instrumental in shaping the likely criminality of their children, should there be mandatory classes in parenting? Why?

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