Kim Examines General Power Control Theory among Women in South Korea

Posted on 3/2/2012 9:07:38 AM

Bitna Kim, of the Department of Criminology, recently published “The Applicability of General Power Control Theory to Prosocial and Antisocial Risk-Taking Behaviors among Women in South Korea” in the Prison Journal.


Grasmick and colleagues expanded general power-control theory to include both pro-and antisocial risky behaviors more than 10 years ago; however, to date, there have been no empirical tests of their theoretical modifications. The current study tested the comprehensive model of general power-control theory using three different samples from South Korea: women who enter traditionally male-dominated occupations, female prison inmates, and women incarcerated for intimate partner killing. Results related to women’s patriarchal attitudes and preference for general risks supported our expectations and confirmed the tenets of general power-control theory that focus on both pro- and antisocial risky behaviors. In addition, the ones related to patriarchy of the family of origin supported Hagan’s original power-control theory focusing on only antisocial risky behaviors.