A Test of Social Control Versus Social Learning Theories in Predicting of Crime on a College Campus

Rachel Grisi, The College of New Jersey
Kevin O'Driscoll, The College of New Jersey
Chris Quirk, The College of New Jersey
Allison Ann Payne, The College of New Jersey

ABSTRACT
A myriad of research exists assessing the validity of both social learning and social control theories in the explanation of criminal behavior. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the strengths and weaknessses of both theories as predictors of criminal behavior. The question set forth by this resarch is wehther crime on a college campus is better predicted by components of social control ro social learning theory. This question will be examined using data obtained through a two-wave longitudinal study composed of self-report questionnaires, administered to the student population of a small undergraduate liberal arts college in New Jersey. We will examine correlation and regression analysis involving social learning components, social control components, and crime. In addition a structural model will be constructed and analyzed using the EQS Structural Equations Program (version 5.7B for Windows; Bentler, 1995).

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