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Criminal behaviour is learned.
- Criminal behaviour is learned through interaction with other persons in a process of communication.
- Supporting his first point about criminal behaviour being learned.
- The princible part of learning criminal behaviour occurs within intimate personal groups.
- Media is an unimportant role in the development of criminals.
- When criminal behaviour is learned, the techniques required for the crimes are learned too.
- Also learning the attitudes taken and the excuses made for the behaviour.
- The direction of motives and drives is learned from the definitions of legal codes, as favourable or unfavourable.
- Groups may see certain laws as pointless or discriminatory and there fore okay to break them.
- A person becomes delinquent because of an excess of definitions favourable to violation of law over definitions unfavourable.
- Individuals become criminals due to repeated contact with criminal activity and a lack of non-criminal activity.
Differential associations, number of contacts with criminals over non-criminals, may vary in frequency, duration, priority and intensity.
Criminal behaviour is learned just like any other behaviour.
Criminal behaviour is an expression of general needs and values, however the general needs and values do not explain the behaviour.
- Deviance occurs when people define a certain situation as appropriate for violating the law.
- Definitions are acquired through past experiences.