association theory

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Noun1.association theory - (psychology) a theory that association is the basic principle of mental activity
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
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Edwin Sutherland's differential association theory suggests that the commission of a crime is the result of learned behaviour ie through association.
Following the Direct association theory of McCracken (1989), and Indirect association theory of Batra, Lehmann, and Singh, (1993) a model has been prepared to represent the process of brand personality formation (Figure I).
Then, informed by differential association theory, the authors assess the social influences relevant to the detainees' radicalization.
"But who other than the SSA in its claw back attempts here, and in terminating existing benefits based on some association theory, has said the claims were false and the awards ill-gotten?"
Differential Association Theory: In 1939 Edwin Sutherland introduced differential association theory.
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Topics range from theories about gang assembly and operation (such as the differential association theory and gang association as performance), current conditions of women in female gangs and gangs of mixed gender, techniques such as the Black Hand, gang graffiti (east coast and west coast), gangs as economic associations, gangs in prisons and schools, hate groups, outlaw bikers, police suppression techniques, gang music and vigilante gangs.
(8) A similar understanding of peer association is advocated by differential association theory. This theoretical perspective views antisocial attitudes that result from associations with delinquents as the root cause of delinquent behavior.
Differential association theory, initially developed by Edwin Sutherland (1949), suggests that individuals develop a likelihood for deviant activity because of an excess of definitions favorable to deviance.
Peer association is a key component of differential association theory (Sutherland & Cressey, 1974).
Differential Association Theory states that peer associations provide the environment for the learning and reinforcement of beliefs and behavior.[9] Therefore, youth who associate with conforming peers are more likely to be conforming in their beliefs and actions, and youth who associate with delinquent peers are more likely to be delinquent in their beliefs and actions.[6] Social Control Theory argues that, due to a weakening of social controls, youth who already are delinquent will seek out other delinquent youth for companionship.[10]
It is the author's opinion that Vico's major contribution to association theory is to be found in the way he views man's cultural and historical world as creations of man's imagination and language.

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