Topic: Differential Association Theory 

Lesson 5A Discussion

Application of Theory: Provide two examples to your classmates on how the Differential Association Theory explains deviant behavior. There is no minimum length, just be sure to provide two examples with explanations. 

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Lesson 5B Discussion

Differential Association Theory argues that people learn how to engage in criminal behavior in the same way (using the same mechanisms) as they learn how to do anything else in life. I want you to think about how you came to have the morals and values that you have today. Think about the person you are today, and then think about how you came to these morals and values. What people/groups influenced you to act in deviant ways and what people/groups influenced you to act in non-deviant ways. How did they achieve this? Discuss what each group considered normal and deviant and how you learned from them. 

This discussion should be a minimum of 1 page (250 words). 

Lesson 6 Assignment

Discuss the criticism against Differential Association Theory. In your opinion, explain whether or not you believe they are valid (Material is found in Lesson 5 Readings and Videos component). The minimum length expectation is 1-2 pages. APA format is required.    


TRS Psychology. (2018, Aug 13). 7. Differential Association Theory. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP4Ay2bl6Uc)

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