Patience and Crime
Objectives: We identify the distinction between patience and self-control to improve specification of time preferences in offender decision-making. Methods: Data were drawn from in-depth qualitative interviews with 35 active auto thieves with high criminal propensity and focus on target selection. Results: Patience oscillates upward and downward, showing state instability among those with low trait self-control. Conclusions: Discussion focuses on the conceptual processes that mediate patience’s variation in offender decision-making, but especially among high-propensity offenders. The larger criminological significance of patience is discussed.
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
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Jacobs, B. A., & Cherbonneau, M. (2021). Patience and Crime. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 58(4), 383–419. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022427820974427