According to the theory, the master trait influences the reactions of an individual to particular situations, and guides the individual’s decisions in regard to courses of action to take. In cases when such master traits promote delinquency and unruliness, an individual portrays continuity in this behaviour regardless of efforts to enforce corrective behaviour. As such, the latent trait theory is associated with chronic offending, since the offenders are unable to control their impulses.
The developmental theory focuses on the different stages of human development, from infancy through childhood, adulthood, to old age. All through this process, individuals gain different attributes in relation to their personality and behaviour, and such attributes shape how they conduct themselves. The theory posits that the development of positive or negative personality traits could be influenced by the individual’s upbringing, since every stage is essential in instilling desirable traits in a person. For instance, the concrete operational stage, which is the elementary and early adolescence stage, is characterized by the development of operational thinking. Juvenile delinquency according to this theory is dependent on different stages of the individual’s growth, and every stage is significant in promoting or discouraging development of such delinquency (Siegel and Welsh 226).
In the film “Blackboard Jungle”, the behaviour of the boys is portrayed as unruly, uncontrollable, and largely undisciplined (Ford, Francis and Calhern). The students are depicted as having complete disregard for the law in the school, and most of the teachers have given up on them. Specifically, the unruly behaviour by the boys is manifested through their disrespect of Mr Dadier, a new teacher in the school who has to literally force the students to acknowledge his authority. On his first meeting with the