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The Moderating Role of Negative Emotionality, Positive Emotionality, and Low Constraint on the Relationship between Strain and Criminal Behavior

dc.contributor.advisorGottfredson, Denise Cen_US
dc.contributor.authorForiest, Whytneeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-02T05:31:43Z
dc.date.available2013-10-02T05:31:43Z
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/14453
dc.description.abstractGeneral strain theory (GST) posits that strain causes crime (Agnew et al., 1992). Individuals who fail to achieve positively valued goals, lose positively valued stimuli, or are presented with negative stimuli are more likely to engage in criminal behavior. GST, however, acknowledges that individuals vary in their responses to strain and not all strained individuals turn to crime. Agnew et al. (2002) proposed a number of factors that may increase the likelihood of a criminogenic response to strain. Of these, he considers personality traits to be among the most important (Agnew, 2006). This study examines the moderating role of negative emotionality, low constraint, and positive emotionality on the relationship between strain and criminal behavior. Findings reveal a direct, positive association between strain and crime, but there was no support for the conditioning hypotheses proposed in this study.en_US
dc.titleThe Moderating Role of Negative Emotionality, Positive Emotionality, and Low Constraint on the Relationship between Strain and Criminal Behavioren_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentCriminology and Criminal Justiceen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledCriminologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPersonality psychologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCrimeen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledLow Constrainten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNegative Emotionalityen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPersonalityen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPositive Emotionalityen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledStrainen_US


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