What Are Some Examples of Deviant Behavior?

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Examples of deviant behavior include killing and stealing, which are defined as such based on culture and circumstance. The concept of deviance changes in time and according to cultural and societal norms.

Deviant behavior involves moral judgment based on the society and culture in which the behavior occurs. For example, killing another person is typically labeled deviant behavior unless the action occurs in the context of war. Stealing is considered a type of deviant behavior, but in famine-stricken locations, a mother stealing food for her children would most likely not be labeled as a deviant person. The beliefs, rules, and regulations established by the society in which the actions occur typically set the standard for which actions are considered deviant and in what circumstances.