Reputation-Enhancing Goals: The Theory of Deliberate Choice

  • Annemaree Carroll
  • Stephen Houghton
  • Kevin Durkin
  • John A. Hattie
Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Although the delinquency research is highly informative about the developmental psychopathology of antisocial behavior and the individual differences that contribute to delinquent behavior, few of the theories developed address the motivational determinants for involvement in crime (Emler & Reicher, 1995). Self-presentation theory (Baumeister, Hutton, & Tice, 1989; Goffman, 1959; Leary, & Kowalski, 1990; Schlenker & Weigold, 1990; Tice, 1992) proposes that individuals are the architects of their own presentations: that is, the need to present a desired self-image to others is activated by the presence of others (Geen, 1995; Goffman, 1959; Trower, Gilbert, & Sherling, 1990). The degree to which people are motivated to regulate impressions of themselves to others varies greatly across situations and depends on their goals (Leary, 1993; Rhodewald, 1998). Moreover, with different audiences, people use different self-presentation strategies (Tice, Butler, Muraven, & Stillwell, 1995)....


Goal Setting Delinquent Behavior Social Goal Social Image Delinquent Adolescent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annemaree Carroll
    • 1
  • Stephen Houghton
    • 2
  • Kevin Durkin
    • 3
  • John A. Hattie
    • 4
  1. 1.The University of QueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.University of Westem AustraliaAustralia
  3. 3.University of StrathclydeUK
  4. 4.University of AucklandNew Zealand

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