Self-Control and Deviance: A Test of the General Theory of Crime in Argentina

Antonella Bobbio, Karin Arbach, Alexander T. Vazsonyi

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Gottfredson and Hirschi’s General Theory of Crime (GTC) has been one of the most cited and tested theories in criminology. It posits to be in effect transcultural in its application and relevant for any norm-violating behaviors. As most empirical work has been completed in English speaking countries, the current study tested some of the main theoretical postulates in a sample of 214 Argentinean male adolescents, both offenders and non-offenders. More specifically, it tested the relationships between parental practices, self-control, criminal opportunities, and deviance. Findings provide evidence that offenders reported more deviant behaviors and more risk factors than non-offenders. They also provide partial empirical support for the main theoretical propositions. Maternal closeness, support. and monitoring had different effects on self-control and on deviance; both low self-control and opportunities had direct effects of deviant behaviors. Theoretical, research, and practical implications of study findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-142
Number of pages24
JournalVictims and Offenders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019

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  • Argentina
  • General Theory of Crime
  • adolescents
  • deviance
  • self-control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Law


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