Labeling Theory of Deviance: Definition & Examples


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Labeling theory was created by _____ in 1963.

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1. The term ______ deviance refers to those episodes of deviant behavior that most people participate in.

2. If a teenager gets caught in a lie, his parents will question his future honesty. This can be termed ______ labeling.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your understanding of the theory of deviance and the traits it possesses. You will be quizzed on the origin of the theory and key terms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this worksheet and quiz combo to assess your knowledge of:

  • Labeling theory
  • Definition of stigma
  • Term for questioning future actions based on past actions

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet combo can help you practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding labeling theory
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases such as stigma
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw important information from the related psychology lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about this theory, review the corresponding lesson titled Labeling Theory of Deviance: Definition & Examples. The lesson meets these objectives:

  • Compare and contrast primary deviance and secondary deviance
  • Identify characteristics of the labeling theory
  • Define stigma
  • Examine the effects of retrospective labeling
  • Define projective labeling