association theory

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(psychology) a theory that association is the basic principle of mental activity

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Peer association is a key component of differential association theory (Sutherland & Cressey, 1974).
As mentioned earlier, deviant peer association is central to differential association theory, whereas peer attachment is a key component of control theory.
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.
Differential association theory derives from social learning theory and assumes that there is no natural impulse toward delinquency, but rather delinquent behavior must be learned and reinforced through the same process as conforming behavior (Thornberry, 1987).
Differential association theory avoids the hegemonic assumption of cultural universality with respect to aspirations and values, but in focusing on the process of how differences develop, it falls short of explaining why certain groups develop deviant or delinquent belief systems.
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