Are deterrent effects contingent on personal morality? The case of shoplifting: Das Fallbeispiel Ladendiebstahlsdelinquenz

Helmut Hirtenlehner, Heinz Leitgöb, Johann Bacher

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Abstract

The present article deals with the interplay of personal morality and perceived deterrence in governing shoplifting delinquency. Drawing on key assumptions of Situational Action Theory, we use a crime survey among adolescents from Austria to examine whether the deterrent effect of the perceived certainty of detection when committing shoplifting is contingent on the level of norm acceptance. Our results confirm the expected interactive relationship: Deterrent effects emerge particularly when the moral filter fails to exclude shoplifting from consideration. When social norms are sufficiendy internalized, however, no impact of detection risk can be observed. This interplay is consistent with the person-environment-interdependencies emphasized by Situational Action Theory.

Translated title of the contributionAre deterrent effects contingent on personal morality? The case of shoplifting
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)293-313
Number of pages21
JournalMonatsschrift fur Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform
Volume96
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

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