Some of the key areas that also needs equal emphasis are such vital areas as the use of substance abuse in both men and women, and their implications on their children, in particular those in the earlier or adolescent part of their lives. There must also be studies on violent men and the implications of this violent attitude on the wives as well as the children present inside the homes, who first become witness to violence at home, and then exhibit similar trends and attitudes when outside their homes. The emphasis therefore must focus on the relationships between substance abuse, violent behavior, and emphatic understanding, aspects, which have, are found missing in Gottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory of Crime. Another vital area that need to be addressed in future studies is the ideological beliefs of hegemonic masculinity and its interference with their relationships with women, in turn providing for a truly confusing environment for the youngsters.
Then there is the practice of men's capacity to take care of their own children, or single male parenting, which too needs detailed study as this too has been to have a profoundly adverse implications on the youngsters of today who have to bear the loss of the their motherly affection and love, aside from the characteristics of empathy and understanding which perhaps originates from the mother alone.
In the context of the subject General Theory of Crime by Gottfredson and Hirschi, though the above overview has to an extent proven the theory to be correct and applicable. However, studies and literature such as that of Sampson and Laub's has found more support, as compared to 'The General Theory of Crime' as discussed in the above paper. This is further confirmed in the premise that low self-control is a not a stable trait, and it does not show any consistency in predicting deviant behavior.
Theories of Age-Graded Life Course as presented by Sampson and Laub are evidence to this effect. In addition there...