A Theoretical Exploration of Psychological Grit in the Context of Criminology

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2018-05

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Psychological theory and theoretical criminology have unavoidable parallels. However, despite this reality, there has not been any research attempting to discover whether there is a relationship between psychological grit and crime. This exploratory study presents the first glimpse at a possible relationship between the two areas. Employing a sample of 201 undergraduate students enrolled in a medium-sized southern university in the United States, estimated Tobit and logistic regression models indicated that psychological grit had a protective effect against intentions to participate in embezzlement and shoplifting. Results also showed that psychological grit had no statistically significant effect vis-à-vis intentions to commit credit card fraud and drunk driving. Theoretical extensions to psychological grit are suggested, and theoretical postulations elucidating how psychological grit could be applied to improve extant criminological theories are provided.

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Work ethic, Embezzlement, Shoplifting, Credit card fraud, Drunk driving

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