What is social disorganization theory of juvenile delinquency?

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The SDT is a theory that tries to study, predict, categorize and analyze the pattern of criminal activity in specific sections of a community, and is used to help determine what are the contributing factors that would lead individuals within a community to adhere to gangs, trouble makers, or other types of people that would engage in criminal activity.

In juveniles, the studies show how it is through interaction via peer pressure, the need for acceptance, social Darwinism, and many other social motivators what motivate youths to commit crimes. Hence, the SDT basically agrees with the Differential Association Theory by Sutherland, because they both agree in that crime is not inherent to the individual, but a socially-learned behavior caused by interaction.