Deviance

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Deviance

Conspicuous dissimilarity with, or variation from, customarily acceptable behavior.

Deviance implies a lack of compliance to societal norms, such as by engaging in activities that are frowned upon by society and frequently have legal sanctions as well, for example, the illegal use of drugs.

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In the present study, we did not expect any gender differences in the participants' ratings of the activities on the dimensions of romanticism and deviancy. The reason for this is that perceptions of romanticism and deviancy are likely based more on a cultural than an interpersonal or intrapsychic script.
He said modern technology had contributed to increasing intellectual deviancy.
STRANGERS IN OUR MIDST is an important book for it historicizes and evaluates the development of legal, psycho-medical, and public reactions to sexual deviancy. Arriving as it does on the heels of the sensationalistic 2007 trial of convicted sex offender Peter Whitmore, this is a timely academic study because historian Elise Chenier asks some trenchant, carefully framed questions about current sex offender legislation including the utility of the current laws; the difficulties and costs of obtaining treatment while incarcerated; and the efficacy of those treatment models.
The latter theme is developed in the final chapter on "deviancy" which traces the emergence of same-sex subcultures, and of erotica in literature and art.
1990: The United States lifts its "sexual deviancy" entry ban on gays and lesbians.
If I had sired Voy Por Ustedes, I would have kept my deviancy to myself, but this shameless pervert could not contain himself.
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer has pointed out that alongside of the social trend of "defining deviancy down," is the movement to "define deviancy up." In other words, as people come to accept homosexual behaviour as normal, they inevitably begin to castigate those who hold to traditional heterosexual norms.
Female deviancy arises to disrupt the social order as a result of male failure or folly.
8) Determine progressive behavioral, social, and health consequences of long-term inhalant abuse, such as morbidity and mortality, criminal activity, deviancy in school, familial conflicts and abuse, and problems in employability and job performance.
Louis Archdiocese and around our nation seem to have been trained, beginning in seminary, to believe that criminal sexual molestation of children was acceptable and perhaps even encouraged behavior and that should they ever be accused of such deviancy they would be protected with every parishioner dollar their molester / treasurer could muster.
Investigators should examine the files found in the offender's possession to gain insight into the subject's level of interest and deviancy and foreclose several defenses.
Controversy There is no existing consensus within the community and social service agencies as to the origins and implications of imputed deviancy. Even more to the point, wide disagreement exists as to the definition of deviant actions, not to speak of the prediction of such behaviors.