a matrix which correlates private traits to the social and cultural chances and choices which are accessible to a person throughout their lifetime. In accordance with some psychologists, expelled or limited reach of authentic chances for success, due to economic or cultural disadvantage, leads some people to look for success by inauthentic ways, like delinquent behavior or other criminal acts. Commonly referred to as opportunity matrix.

OPPORTUNITY STRUCTURE: "Statistics show that the opportunity structure is quite real."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "OPPORTUNITY STRUCTURE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/opportunity-structure/ (accessed May 13, 2021).