Control Theory in Sociology: Definition & Concept


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Which of the following people would control theorists consider most likely to engage in criminal activity?

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1. Which of the following is NOT identified as one of the key social bonds we have with society, according to theorist Travis Hirschi?

2. Acting in a way that does not fit in with the norms of society is known as what type of behavior?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your understanding of control theory in sociology. You will be quizzed on elements of control theory, including types of control and the social bonds we have with society that prevent criminal activity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Characteristics of people more likely to commit crimes according to control theory
  • The key social bonds involved in control theory
  • Criticism of control theory
  • Internal and external controls

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on control theory
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about criminal activity in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding control theory

Additional Learning

To learn more about this theory, review the corresponding lesson on Control Theory in Sociology. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define control theory
  • Differentiate between the two types of control
  • Learn about the four types of bonds with society
  • Discuss criticisms of control theory