Deterrence in Criminology: Definition & Theory


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A punishment that's intended to prevent individuals from committing a crime again is known as:

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1. Using the punishment of one offender to prevent others in society from committing a crime is known as:

2. Which of the following is NOT a requirement for a punishment to be an effective deterrent?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Have you ever not participated in an activity because you were afraid of getting in trouble? This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge of the use of deterrence in criminology. The quiz questions will ask you questions about terms used for punishments designed to prevent individuals from committing crimes again and those designed to prevent others in society from committing crimes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Requirements for a punishment to be an effective deterrent
  • Criminologist who developed the theory of deterrence
  • Reason why deterrence is effective

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about deterrence in criminology
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding why deterrence works and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding punishment intended to prevent an individual from repeatedly committing crimes
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about punishment intended to prevent others in society from committing crimes

Additional Learning

Learn more about deterrence by reviewing the accompanying lesson, Deterrence in Criminology: Definition & Theory. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Examine types of deterrence
  • Review an example of deterrence
  • Identify what most people think of punishment as it relates to crime