Types of neutralization and types of delinquency

  title={Types of neutralization and types of delinquency},
  author={Jim Mitchell and Richard A. Dodder},
  journal={Journal of Youth and Adolescence},
Neutralization theory was tested with questionnaires administered to a random sample of public school students (N=298) and institutionalized male delinquents (N=53). Nye-Short delinquency items were factor analyzed to yield three dimensions of delinquency (Predatory, Minor, and Aggressive), and each of the five techniques of neutralization was scored separately. Patterns of acceptance of neutralization techniques were similar among high school males, high school females, and institutionalized… 

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techniques of neutralization and self-esteem: a critical test of social control and neutralization theory

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Techniques of Neutralization

  • Heith Copes
  • Law
    The SAGE Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology
  • 2019
Gresham Sykes and David Matza argue that, when offenders contemplate committing criminal acts, they use linguistic devices to neutralize the guilt of committing crime. The most common neutralization



An examination of types of delinquency through path analysis

The strongest relationships were between neutralization and delinquency, controlling for delinquent peers and for father's occupation, which decreased as the seriousness of the delinquency increased, while association with delinquent peers was more strongly related to delinquency among Mexican Americans.

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