Five Techniques of Neutralization


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Phil's best friend is being bullied by an older student. Phil decides to use his karate skills to physically assault the bully, who ends up with a broken nose. When his principal asks Phil why he did it, Phil says that the bully got what he deserved. This is an example of which technique of neutralization?

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1. Jim is having trouble in math, so he asks Mike if he can copy off his test. Mike decides to let Jim copy because that is what a good friend would do and Jim needs to pass the test in order to stay on the football team. This is an example of which technique of neutralization?

2. Sarah is caught in a compromising position with a male student by a teacher. When her parents show up to the school to punish her, Sarah tells them that she has seen them do much worse and she has heard stories about how promiscuous they were in high school. This is an example of which technique of neutralization?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet will measure your knowledge of neutralization. Areas you will need to understand in order to pass the quiz include the professionals who identified the five methods of neutralization and when a person knows they have done something wrong, but doesn't believe it is his or her fault.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and interactive quiz to evaluate your comprehension of:

  • When a person blames the victim
  • When a person places attention on the blamers
  • The professionals who established the five methods of neutralization
  • When people try to justify their actions through loyalty
  • When an individual exhibits wrong behavior, but says they were forced to do it

Skills Practiced

The following skills will be evaluated in this quiz and worksheet:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding neutralization and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer a question about when a person blames the victim
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the individuals who first recognized the five methods of neutralization

Additional Learning

To fully understand information about neutralization, review the complementary lesson called Five Techniques of Neutralization. The lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Identify the theory of neutralization and the components of it
  • Learn about the characteristics of the five methods of neutralization
  • Look at examples of the different types of neutralization