What Is Thompson's Theory Related To Delinquents?

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Observing Venables’ childhood, it may have developed his violent streak (Valentine, G. 1996). When young his parents had split up and his mother had become an alcoholic, both of these life events, especially being so young would have caused a lot of stress and upset for Venables, referring to ‘Storm an Stress’ this is taken from the idea that young people may become so emotional their emotions explain resulting in violent behaviour (Larson, R. And Ham, M. 1993). This theory is main based on adolescence; nevertheless it can be taken into account for children who may not have had a strong, happy upbringing, such as Venables (Hall, S. 1904). Hall (1904) believed that this storm and stress behaviour was caused or perceived by a conflict with parents, mood disruptions and risky behaviour. The splitting up of Venables’ parents may have caused anger and confusion for Venables and the fact his mother became an alcoholic and abusive would cause further tension for the young boy. Although as for Thompson, there was no adult supervision resulting in his older brothers bullying the younger siblings to submit to them, this behaviour would have not only…show more content…
In relation to delinquents, the social learning theory can be an explanation for their actions and may explain how people are influenced by peers and imitate behaviours no matter what behaviour it may be (Shoemaker, D. 2013). There multiple strengths for the social learning theory due to the sheer amount of evidence that supports the idea that people imitate their peers ideas, whether face to face or what’s on the media, by looking at the ‘Bobo doll’ study simply watching something on the television is enough to encourage young children to imitate their peers (Bandura, A. 1965), also behaviours that have been witnessed

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