Toward a General Theory of Psychosocial Deviance: The Case of Aggressive Behavior
Kaplan H B
The outline of a general theory of psychosocial deviance is described. The core of the theory consists of 2 propositions. First, antecedent self-derogation increases the probability of subsequent adoption of modes of psychosocial deviance. Second, adoption of deviant patterns tends to decrease the degree of preexisting self-derogation. The emerging theoretical model is discussed with reference to studies relating to several specific modes of deviant behavior.