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CHAPTER FIVE: What is a Theory and how do we test Theories?

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 222
Professor
Owen Gallupe
Semester
Winter

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CHAPTER FIVE: What is a Theory and how do we test Theories? What is a Theory? (Basic parts of a theory) ­ Theories (1) list what is wanting to be explained, (2) list what is believed to be the cause –  independent and dependent variables/predictors and outcome, (3) theory explains why the IV causes  DV – i.e. why child abuse [IV] causes delinquency [DV] / (4) listing conditioning variables – factors  that influence likelihood of IV to cause DV o (4) Occurs in many theories, but not all – example of conditioning variable – not all who  suffer child abuse are juvenile delinquents, CV could include having problems at school that  could contribute to child abuse that would cause juvenile delinquency  ­ Theories share many of the same IV, but are distinguishable by descriptions of IV to the cause (Importance of studying theories of delinquency) ­ Theories help explain the “basic facts” of a theory, such as why certain individuals engage over  others, why engage at certain parts of their life like adolescence, and why some groups have higher  rates of delinquency than others  o i.e. why are males more delinquent than females ­ Research on causes are guided 
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