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NCJ Number: 120767 Find in a Library
Title: Social Bonding and Delinquency: A Comparative Analysis
Journal: Sociological Quarterly  Volume:30  Issue:3  Dated:(1989)  Pages:481-500
Author(s): L Gardner; D J Shoemaker
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 20
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A multivariate analysis of social bonding theory of delinquency is presented which includes a comparison by rural-urban location.
Abstract: Findings indicate the bonding scales to be a stronger explanation of delinquency among rural youth, although lack of social bonding is also strongly implicated in delinquency committed by urban youth. Also, attachment to peers is positively associated with delinquency, while the conventionality of peers is inversely related to delinquent behavior. However, a strong racial influence on the connection between delinquency and the social bond was also observed. This racial influence appeared to operate independently of type of community, but a definitive conclusion could not be reached, given the characteristics of the sample and scale scores. 6 tables, 52 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency theory
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Peer influences on behavior; Social Learning; Society-crime relationships
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