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  1. Introduction
  2. Strain Theory
  3. General Strain Theory Concept
  4. Conclusion

The society that we live in today lays significant emphasis on how to succeed in life. Every person is taught on the various ways that can allow him or her to emerge successful in life. For instance, most Americans have a deep desire for wealth and possessions such as cars, housing, clothing, jewelry and other kinds of materials that provide them with comfort. They also need power, prestige, good education and status (Agnew & Brezina, 2002). Today's society lays great emphasis on realizing these goals regardless of the economic status of different groups.

However, because of the influence of the structural state in the society, people in diverse groups such as those belonging to the lower income status, as well as those who are discriminated by the society that they live in find it challenging to realize those goals that are associated with success based on the means that are provided to them. The frustrations and pressures that people in this group encounter are usually very severe such that they make them to experience serous strain, and hence force them to engage in serious crime (Mazerolle & Piquerro, 2004). The purpose of this paper is to discuss the various forces that lead to an increase in likelihood of a criminal adaptation to strain.

[...] Criminal adaptation to strain Introduction The society that we live in today lays significant emphasis on how to succeed in life. Every person is taught on the various ways that can allow him or her to emerge successful in life. For instance, most Americans have a deep desire for wealth and possessions such as cars, housing, clothing, jewelry and other kinds of materials that provide them with comfort. They also need power, prestige, good education and status (Agnew & Brezina, 2002). [...]


[...] This kind of a strain has the ability to increase the probability that would force other people to experience a number of negative emotions. These emotions would then create various kinds of pressures that demand for corrective action, especially delinquent behavior. For instance, anger may be treated as being conducive to delinquency (Richard & Messner, 2002). This is because anger has the potential to energize an individual to engage in a particular activity, bring down inhibitions, and create a desire that can provide room for leverage. [...]


[...] Therefore, it is evident that Agnew has portrayed the various ways in which social problems tend to foster information related to criminology theory and evidence. As a result, it is true that the general strain theory plays a vital role in helping to illustrate the forces that increase the likelihood of a criminal adapting to strain. Reference List Agnew, R & Brezina, J P 2002, Strain, personality traits, and delinquency: Extending general strain theory, Criminology, vol no pp. 43-72. Mazerolle, P & Piquerro, A 2004, Violent responses to strain: An examination of conditioning influences, Violence and Victims, vol no. [...]

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