Merton's Strain Theory: Definition & Examples


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The mode of adaptation that involves accepting the legitimate goals and the socially approved means of acquiring those goals is _____.

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1. Drug addicts and street people would be an example of which mode of adaption?

2. An individual who participates in socially desirable means but has little interest in achieving goals falls into the _____mode of adaptation.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet consist of multiple-choice questions that will help you review the main points covered in the related lesson on the strain theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to gauge your knowledge of the following:

  • Mode of adaptation that involves accepting legitimate goals and socially approved means of acquiring those goals
  • Mode of adaptation of which drug addicts and street people are an example
  • Type of individuals including within the conformist category

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related social psychology lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as individuals who conform to societal strains and those who rebel against them
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the five modes of adaptation and which people belong to which group

Additional Learning

To learn more about how individuals attempt to achieve goals within the constraints of society, review the corresponding lesson titled Merton's Strain Theory: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the strain theory
  • Discuss the typology of deviance and provides specific examples
  • Examine the five modes of adaptation