secondary deviance

(noun) “[O]ccurs when a person’s self-concept and behavior begin to change after his or her actions are labeled as deviant by members of society” (OpenStax College 2012).

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  • Plural: secondary deviances

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OpenStax College. 2012. Theoretical Perspectives on Deviance. Connexions, May 14, 2012. (