Date of Award

Summer 4-2006

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




This thesis is an empirical analysis of a developing criminology theory. The purpose of the data analysis was to, in the theoretical framework of Compromise Theory, examine the connection between micro-level structural conditions (i.e. immediate situational conditions) and individuals' values, attitudes, and beliefs. Compromise Theory assumes that individuals are motivated primarily by their interests and desires and that belief systems and values are among the many long-term interests an individual holds. Compromise Theory proposes that in order to reach a decision of action, an individual will compromise their values and beliefs in varying degrees according to the circumstances and demands of different situational conditions.

As a test of this relationship, 110 students were surveyed at Pittsburg State University by participating in a detailed questionnaire. The questionnaire was designed to collect information on students' values, beliefs, and attitudes. Students' responses were analyzed before and after extreme situational variables were introduced in Part III of the questionnaire. The results showed that there was a significant difference between the responses before and after certain situational conditions were introduced. These results suggest partial support for the assertions made by Compromise Theory regarding the influence of micro-level structural factors on the values and attitudes of the individual. While full support is inconclusive, however, future research is needed to conduct a more complete analysis of values and attitudes before and after specific situational variables are introduced,


vi, 59 leaves : tables ; 29 cm. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 51-53)

Added Author: Pittsburg State University. Dept. of Social Sciences


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