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The Reach of Self-Control in Explaining Criminality

Author(s): Sergej Flere
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: Low Self-control; Social Control; Travis Hirschi; Criminality; Delinquency; Deviance;

Summary/Abstract: Possibilities of explaining delinquency by low self-control, within the meaning of Gottfredson and Hirschi (1990) and by the operationalised methodology of Grasmick et al. (1993) and Vazsonyi et al. (2001) was studied on a sample of 1200 Maribor university students. Low self-control proved, as factor analysed, to be a two component phenomenon, with low loadings in some items. A summational instrument of low self-control was composed. It proved to explain general delinquency modestly, whereas odds ratios indicated a significant link between low self control and deviance. Sex and religiosity remained important determinants, the latter as a deterrent. Masculine sex attributes according to Bem remained a moderate independent determinant. Sex was not consumed either by masculinity or by self-control, within a test of robustness in regression analysis.

  • Issue Year: 2004
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 203-212
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Serbian