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Figure 1 suggests that youths with strong parental attachments are less likely to shoplift for two reasons: First, they tend to more strongly embrace the moral norms against shoplifting; and second, they tend to interact less with peers who shoplift.
Our final analyses examine whether peer influence also operates through explicit dares to shoplift (as suggested by Verrill and others).
Our findings suggest that two types of social relationships influence adolescents' involvement in shoplifting: exposure to friends who shoplift, and attachment to parents.
Adolescents apparently are seldom dared to shoplift, and when they are, it does not appear to have an incremental impact on their behavior.
We chose this focus because shoplifting accounts for nearly half of all shrinkage (Baumer and Rosenbaum 1984); adolescents shoplift more frequently than any other age group (Klemke 1982); and social influences are a major factor in adolescent misbehavior (e.g., Johnson 1979).
By using proper customer service, retail managers will give shoplifters little chance to shoplift. This deterrent also costs less than any other mentioned.