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General strain theory claims that individuals who have more strain or stress in their lives and feel mad or discouraged and have negative emotions because of their strains are more likely to engage in bad or criminal behavior Agnew 1992 Although the issue of bullying has been studied more often in the last few years it has been difficult to determine what leads children to become so aggressive towards other children and to be bullies It seems evident that many children are bullies because of underlying issues that they have within themselves Agnew 1992 points out that childrens negative relationships that they have with other people such as their parents guardians siblings peers and the people they interact with on a daily basis or their positive relationships they have with deviant friends can pressure a child into delinquent behavior such as bullying The number of bullying incidents has become even more prevalent in recent years due to the availability of more places to bully others For example children can now bully at school outside of school online or through cell phones which allows the bully to abuse their victims at any time that they want General strain theoryGeneral strain theory evolved from the models of strain theories that were developed by Merton 1938 Cohen 1955 and Cloward and Ohlin 1960 and was developed by Agnew throughout the 1980s Agnew 1992 To fully comprehend general strain theory and what it pertains to it is important to understand control theory and differential associationsocial learning theory Agnew 1992 states that all of these theories are sociological theories and that they explain crime and delinquency by the individuals relationships in society General strain theory is notable from social control and differential association in its description of the relationship that leads to delinquency and the stimulus for crime Agnew 1992 Agnew 1992 stated that although control theory and differential association theory focus on relationships as well general strain theory
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