Adolescent self-control and music and movie piracy

Jenessa Malin, Blaine J. Fowers

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Recent studies have applied Grottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory of Crime to investigate whether college students' inclinations toward internet software piracy is related to low self-control and opportunity (i.e., computer ownership). Given the widespread use of the internet to illegally obtain copies of music and movies, it is important to understand the factors in this form of piracy as well. This study applied the self-control perspective to examine the attitudes of high school students toward the internet piracy of music and movies. Attitudes toward the internet piracy of music and movies were related to self-control, biological sex, internet experience, affiliation with deviant peers, and grade level in this study of high school students. This information is important because studies of internet piracy had not yet confirmed the presence and predictability of internet piracy in high school students. This study also suggests that piracy prevention efforts may be most appropriately focused on high school age individuals and directed toward increasing self-control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)718-722
Number of pages5
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2009


  • Adolescent
  • Deviant peers
  • Internet piracy
  • Music piracy
  • Self-control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)


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