General Strain Theory and Delinquency: A Replication and Extension

  title={General Strain Theory and Delinquency: A Replication and Extension},
  author={Raymond Paternoster and P. J. Mazerolle},
  journal={Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency},
  pages={235 - 263}
Strain theory has recently been reformulated into a theory of broader scope. In this revitalized version, called general strain theory, strain is hypothesized to have three distinct sources; (a) blockage of desired goals, (b) withdrawl or loss of valued objects, and (c) introduction of negative stimuli. Empirical tests of general strain theory are few to date, and those that have been conducted, although generally supportive, have shortcomings that preclude the drawing of more definitive… Expand
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