skip navigation


Abstract Database

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

To download this abstract, check the box next to the NCJ number then click the "Back To Search Results" link. Then, click the "Download" button on the Search Results page. Also see the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 202698 Find in a Library
Title: Context of Risk? Explaining the Link Between Girls' Pubertal Development and Their Delinquency Involvement
Journal: Social Forces  Volume:82  Issue:1  Dated:September 2003  Pages:355-397
Author(s): Dana L. Haynie
Date Published: September 2003
Page Count: 43
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study incorporated parent and peer relationship measures from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to examine whether parents treated more physically developed daughters differently from their less developed peers and whether more developed girls were part of friendship networks that were more conducive to delinquency than the networks of less developed girls.
Abstract: The Add Health project currently involves two waves of data and multiple data components. The study relied on the self-administered in-school questionnaire (n=90,118), the first in-home surveys conducted in 1995 (n=20,745), and the second in-home survey conducted in 1996 (n=14,738). The final sample for this study consisted of 5,477 female respondents who were interviewed during all 3 periods of data collection in 1995-96. Three types of delinquent behaviors were assessed: involvement in "party" deviance (smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, lying to parents, school truancy, smoking marijuana, and engaging in disorderly conduct); minor delinquency (painting graffiti, shoplifting, driving a car without permission, stealing something worth less than $50, vandalism, and stealing an item worth more than $50); and serious delinquency involvement (a mixture of violent and property offenses of a relatively serious nature). The independent variables were grouped into four categories: pubertal development, parental relationship factors, friendship relationship factors, and background individual factors. Pubertal development was measured through interview questions related to absolute level of physical development and comparative level of physical development. Three measures of the parent-child relationship were assessed: trust, autonomy, and conflict. A unique strength of this study was the incorporation of adolescent social network measures. Earlier pubertal development and more advanced development were associated with all three types of delinquency, with the strength of the association being strongest for "party" deviance. Conflict with parents, trust and autonomy from parents, exposure to peer deviance, and involvement in romantic relationships mediated the puberty-delinquency association; however, the relative importance of each of these mechanisms varied by the context of delinquency and the indicators of pubertal development that were used. 5 tables, 25 notes, 92 references, and appended data on frequency of various types of delinquency by relative pubertal status
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Biological influences; Female juvenile delinquents; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Parent-Child Relations; Youth development
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.