Learning Theories Questions for consideration and discussion Submit by 9:00 am on

Learning Theories
Questions for consideration and discussion
Submit by 9:00 am on Thursday Sep 9th
How well do learning theories explain the following “facts” about crime:
Age
Sex
Race
Family
Peers/Neighborhoods
Stability
Versatility
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the theory?
When discussing his findings concerning elderly drinking, Akers says, “That is, the community in which one lives makes a difference in his or her drinking because the social and normative context of that community differentially affects the chances that one will differentially associate with other drinkers, develop attitudes favorable to drinking, and receive or perceive differentially rewarding outcomes for drinking” (1998:366). What’s missing from this explanation in terms of other variables that could also explain the differing rates of old drunks in a community? (Think about the idea of stability here).