Criminal Behavior and Learning Theory

  • C. R. Jeffery
Part of the The Plenum Series in Crime and Justice book series (PSIC)


One of the most popular theories of criminal behavior, especially among sociologists and social psychologists, is the notion that criminal behavior is learned behavior. The theory of differential association, put forth by Edwin H. Sutherland (1), is a learning theory which formulates the process as one whereby criminal behavior is learned in association with those who have criminal attitudes and values, as compared to associations with those who have noncriminal attitudes and values.


Discriminative Stimulus Criminal Behavior Operant Behavior Aversive Stimulus Aversive Consequence 
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