Abstract and Keywords
This chapter describes a multidisciplinary, multilayered, and developmental theoretical journey inspired by Travis Hirschi’s book, Causes of Delinquency (1969). It first discusses the conceptual roots and meta-control theory that emerged from this journey. The chapter then presents a definitive statement of a systemic theory of the development of antisocial behavior—particularly the argument that the mechanisms and courses of the development of offending apply to all forms of antisocial behaviors. Next, the chapter specifies the content of an integrative personal control theory and the development of self-control and social control. It also reviews the mechanism of the developmental interaction between the self and social control systems based on the chaos-order perspective. Finally, this chapter discusses the importance of its personal control theory for criminology and sequels to this theoretical and empirical journey.
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