Testing Situational Action Theory: A narrative review of studies published between 2006 and 2015

Lieven Pauwels, Robert Svensson, Helmut Hirtenlehner

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Abstract

This work provides an overview of the current state of research on Situational Action Theory (SAT). Studies that have examined core propositions of SAT within the period 2006 to 2015 are reviewed. The principal aim of this narrative review is to answer the following four questions: (1) Which hypotheses of SAT have been put to the test in empirical enquiries? (2) What does the empirical evidence say about these propositions? (3) Which statements of the theory have received little attention? (4) What are the consequences of the results for future enquiries? An overall finding of this review is that numerous studies have tested selected propositions of the theory using different methods, data and statistical procedures. A majority of these studies found some support for the hypotheses tested, but there are also a few studies that did not back key assumptions of the theory. The reasons for the divergent results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-55
Number of pages24
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Situational Action Theory
  • deterrence
  • exposure
  • morality
  • propensity
  • self-control

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