An examination of the interaction between morality and deterrence in offending : a research note

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title An examination of the interaction between morality and deterrence in offending : a research note
Author(s) Svensson, Robert
Date 2013
English abstract
This study examines whether deterrence and morality interact in the explanation of adolescent offending. On the basis of the Situational Action Theory, the author hypothesizes that deterrence is more effective in preventing offending among individuals with low levels of morality than among individuals with high levels of morality. To test this hypothesis, self-report data are used from a sample of young adolescents in Halmstad, Sweden (N = 891). The findings provide strong support for the hypothesis that the effect of deterrence (measured as the perceived risk of getting caught, that is, “certainty”) on offending is dependent on the individual’s level of morality, indicating that deterrence has a significantly stronger effect on offending for individuals with low levels of morality than for individuals with higher levels of morality.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0011128713486068 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue Crime & Delinquency;
ISSN 0011-1287
Pages e-pub ahead of print
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Deterrence
Morality
Interaction
Adolescent offending
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15453 (link to this page)

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