The Applicability of Gottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory of Crime to Male and Female Delinquency

Laura J. Pointon, University of Oklahoma
Trina Hope, University of Oklahoma

In their General Theory of Crime, Gottfredson and Hirschi (1990) attempt to explain a wide varietyof crime and behaviors analogous to crime using the concept of self-control. Another part of their generality assertion is that the concept of self-control can help explain the gender differences in offending and that it can be applied equally to the deviant behavior of males and females. Using a sample of 1,139 9th-11th graders from a rural college town, we compare the explanatory power of self-control in predicting the delinquency of boys and girls.

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