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Is the effect of perceived deterrence on juvenile offending contingent on the level of self-control? Results from Three Countries

(2014) BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY. 53(5). p.128-150
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The aim of this paper is to study the interplay of perceived deterrence and level of self-control in explaining individual differences in self-reported offending. Different theories of crime come to different conclusions in this regard. Some postulate independent negative effects of perceived sanction risk on offending (Deterrence Theory), while others assume that low self-control undermines the deterrent effect of legal sanctions (Self-Control Theory) or, conversely, that sanction threats are only relevant for individuals characterized by a lack of self-control (Situational Action Theory). Here, the question of the exact nature of this interplay is addressed from an empirical point of view. Based on three independent surveys of adolescents conducted in three European countries (Austria, Belgium and Slovenia), we examine whether juveniles with low self-control are more, equally or less susceptible to the deterrent effect of legal sanctioning. Our findings consistently support Situational Action Theorys conceptualization of the linkage between self-control and deterrence. All three studies provide evidence that deterrent effects are greatest among adolescents of low self-control.
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PUNISHMENT, GOTTFREDSON, Deterrence Theory, Self-Control Theory, Situational Action Theory, METAANALYSIS, CRIME, PROBIT MODELS, SOCIAL-CONTROL, SANCTION THREATS, RATIONAL CHOICE MODEL, INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES, HIRSCHIS GENERAL-THEORY

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Hirtenlehner, Helmut , Lieven Pauwels, and Gorazd Mesko. “Is the Effect of Perceived Deterrence on Juvenile Offending Contingent on the Level of Self-control? Results from Three Countries.” BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY 53.5 (2014): 128–150. Print.
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Hirtenlehner, H., Pauwels, L., & Mesko, G. (2014). Is the effect of perceived deterrence on juvenile offending contingent on the level of self-control? Results from Three Countries. BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY, 53(5), 128–150.
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Hirtenlehner, Helmut , Lieven Pauwels, and Gorazd Mesko. 2014. “Is the Effect of Perceived Deterrence on Juvenile Offending Contingent on the Level of Self-control? Results from Three Countries.” British Journal of Criminology 53 (5): 128–150.
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Hirtenlehner, Helmut , Lieven Pauwels, and Gorazd Mesko. 2014. “Is the Effect of Perceived Deterrence on Juvenile Offending Contingent on the Level of Self-control? Results from Three Countries.” British Journal of Criminology 53 (5): 128–150.
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Hirtenlehner H, Pauwels L, Mesko G. Is the effect of perceived deterrence on juvenile offending contingent on the level of self-control? Results from Three Countries. BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY. 2014;53(5):128–50.
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H. Hirtenlehner, L. Pauwels, and G. Mesko, “Is the effect of perceived deterrence on juvenile offending contingent on the level of self-control? Results from Three Countries,” BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY, vol. 53, no. 5, pp. 128–150, 2014.
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  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {Is the effect of perceived deterrence on juvenile offending contingent on the level of self-control? Results from Three Countries},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azt053},
  volume       = {53},
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