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Differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society.
One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.

[Middle English deviaunt, from Late Latin dēviāns, dēviant-, present participle of dēviāre, to deviate; see deviate.]

de′vi·ance, de′vi·an·cy n.
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learning through observation of, and instruction by, engaging models; Bandura, 1977) may explain why authoritative parenting deters deviant behavior in children.
One type of behavioral response displayed by employees who experience customer aggression in the workplace is deviant behavior, which involves the violation of norms with positive or negative intentions toward the organization (Bennett & Robinson, 2000).
So deviant behavior is "unusual that departs considerably from the standard position and transgresses the norms and values accepted and recognized within a social system" (Dragomirescu, 1976: 53).
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Without the support of a family, youngsters, in particular, could become easy victims of deviant behavior and ideas," he said.
Firstly, deviant behavior is intentional and not committed by chance, and secondly it is a significant departure from the norms.
Such mild rule-breaking behavior may include actions such as skipping class, but it is not serious deviant behavior such as shooting.
Differential association-social learning theory, originally proposed by Edwin Southerland, postulates that organizational culture has a strong impact on deviant behavior.