Social Constellations Explaining Violence

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The aim of the research project is to empirically connect Charles Tittle's Control Balance Theory and Wilhelm Heitmeyer's Theory of Social Disintegration by combining diverse theoretically relevant categories of social experience, their situative interpretation and ensuing actions, and the social context to improve predictions of violence in adolescence. As well as expanding the material covered, we believe that bringing together these theories offers great innovative potential because it might enable us to make more exact statements and predictions about the extent of individual violence. In order to test our hypotheses we require empirical data, which will be gathered through a standardized survey with 2,000 subjects following a qualitative preparatory study with focus groups. In addition, we will conduct qualitative interviews for more indepth insights, discussing and expanding the findings of the survey. As well as comparing genders and different ethnic groups, the survey will serve knowledge about the impact of different circumstances in order to increase the information we can draw from the data. We will survey adolescents at the age of transition into adulthood, taking account of the un­certainties in this period of life in modern societies. This project will be realized in collaboration with Charles Tittle himself.


Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Heitmeyer

Dr. Steffen Zdun
Dipl.-Soz. Daniela Krause
Dipl.-Soz. Stefan Kanis

Funded by
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)