Foundation for a General Strain Theory of Crime and Delinquency

@article{Agnew2020FoundationFA,
  title={Foundation for a General Strain Theory of Crime and Delinquency},
  author={Robert S. Agnew},
  journal={Crime, Inequality and the State},
  year={2020}
}
  • R. Agnew
  • Published 1 February 1992
  • Law
  • Crime, Inequality and the State
This paper presents a general strain theory of crime and delinquency that is capable of overcoming the criticisms of previous strain theories. In the first section, strain theory is distinguished from social control and differential association/social learning theory. In the second section, the three major types of strain are described: (1) strain as the actual or anticipated failure to achieve positively valued goals, (2) strain as the actual or anticipated removal of positively valued stimuli… 

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