Testing Gottfredson and Hirschi’s “low self-control” stability hypothesis: An exploratory study

@article{Arneklev1998TestingGA,
  title={Testing Gottfredson and Hirschi’s “low self-control” stability hypothesis: An exploratory study},
  author={Bruce J. Arneklev and John K. Cochran and Randy R. Gainey},
  journal={American Journal of Criminal Justice},
  year={1998},
  volume={23},
  pages={107-127}
}
In Gottfredson and Hirschi’s (1990)A General Theory of Crime, criminal and analogous behaviors are argued to be the result of a stable individual psychological trait referred to as “low self-control.” In this article, we test the proposition that low self-control is a stable characteristic. We conduct a two-wave panel study that measures the self-reported self-control of college students at two relatively close time points. Our test of the stability hypothesis includes conducting four separate… CONTINUE READING

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