Cybercrime Law Research Paper
& Agnew, 2006
People rationally choose to participate in criminal acts; in order to prevent these acts from occurring people need to know that consequences will outweigh the benefits. If people believe that the consequences outweigh the benefits t hen they will freely choose not to participate in the criminal behavior.
On the other hand the positive school of criminology believes that individuals participate in crime because of forces beyond individual control and relies on the scientific method to prove it s theories (Cullen
& Agnew, 2006
Individuals should not be held solely responsible for their actions because not everyone is rational. Outside factors can play an important …show more content…
control, as they grow older they may develop a different level of self
control then when they were younger. However, they do suggest that, “...individual
29 differences may have an impact on the prospects for effective socialization” (
). For example, individuals with mental health problems may have a higher probability of not being effectively socialized. The authors believed that self
control is learned through life, but especially while you are a child.
The authors al so addressed why some individuals possess characteristics of self
control. They suggest that individuals develop characteristics of self
control as a result of their upbringing (Hirschi & Gottfredson, 1990). While parents do not intentionally teach their c hildren to not have self - control, the authors suggest that “ in order to teach the child self - control, someone must (1) monitor the child‟s behavior; (2) recognize deviant behavior when it occurs; and (3) punish such behavior...all that is required to activat e the system is affection for or investment in the child
.” (Hirschi & Gottfredson, 1990)
suggest that a deficiency in any one of these categories