Self-control as a general theory of crime

  title={Self-control as a general theory of crime},
  author={Ronald L. Akers},
  journal={Journal of Quantitative Criminology},
  • R. Akers
  • Published 1 June 1991
  • Law
  • Journal of Quantitative Criminology
ConclusionLow self-control theory will have an impact on criminological theory. G&H's arguments are too forcefully and intelligently made to be ignored. I anticipate that the theory will inspire a great deal of attention and research (and much of it may be in an attempt to prove them wrong). The value of self-control theory would be advanced even more, however, if G&H would grapple with the tautology problem, attend to theoretical linkages with prior control theory, and ease off a bit from the… 
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