General strain theory, situational anger, and social networks an assessment of conditioning influences

George E. Capowich, Paul Mazerolle, Alex Piquero

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Using a random sample of university students to test general strain theory (GST), this study expanded on previous tests of strain theory in two ways. First, situational anger was measured, a construct that had not been used thus far in assessments of general strain. In addition, this research examined the role of social support networks as a conditioning influence on the effects of strain and anger on intentions to commit three types of criminal behavior (serious assault, shoplifting, and driving under the influence of alcohol [DUI]). The results provided mixed support for GST. While the link between anger and crime was confirmed, the nature of that relationship in some cases ran counter to the theory. Moreover, the evidence indicated that the role of social support networks was complex, and varied as a conditioning influence on intentions to engage in criminal activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-461
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2001
Externally publishedYes

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