Broken Windows Theory: Definition & Example


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The broken window theory stems from an article written in what year?

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1. The broken window theory stems from an article written by which criminologists?

2. The broken window theory states that a broken window left unrepaired is a sign of disorder which will lead to what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Broken windows theory is an idea that seeks to explain crime and crime infested areas. Test yourself on the source and details of this theory with the help of the quiz and worksheet combination for this lesson.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Neighborhoods containing broken windows
  • Results of signs of disorder in society
  • The source and writers of broken windows theory
  • Causes of increased criminal activity

Skills Practiced

These items assess the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related broken windows theory lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about increased criminal activity
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about crime in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the authors of the broken windows theory

Additional Learning

Know more about this theory by reviewing the lesson called Broken Windows Theory: Definition & Example. You can work towards these objectives with this lesson:

  • Identify the authors of broken window theory
  • Discover the impact on neighborhoods from the existence of broken windows
  • Understand how a broken window can lead to worsening conditions
  • Discover the reasons that an increase in criminal activity can occur
  • Know how signs of disorder can negatively impact a society