Propensity and exposure as determinants of shoplifting delinquency: Testing situational action theory in Austria

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Abstract

Per-Olof Wikström's Situational Action Theory is increasingly gaining reputation. It has, however, only fragmentarily been applied to shoplifting delinquency. This study aims at closing the corresponding research gap. Based on a large-scale Austrian student survey it is examined whether Situational Action Theory can contribute to the understanding of juvenile shoplifting delinquency and particularly whether the postulated propensity-exposure interactions are echoed in the data. In addition, the interplay of shoplifting-related morality and the ability to exercise self-control is scrutinized. The findings provide firm support for all hypotheses derived from the theory.

Translated title of the contributionPropensity and exposure as determinants of shoplifting delinquency: Testing situational action theory in Austria
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)257-279
Number of pages23
JournalMonatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform
Volume98
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

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