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NCJ Number: 122329 Find in a Library
Title: Delinquent Samaritans: Network Structure, Social Conflict, and the Willingness to Intervene
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:27  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1990)  Pages:30-51
Author(s): A R Gillis; J Hagan
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 22
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article disputes the common view of delinquents as antisocial and amoral in view of indications of their willingness to assist persons at various social and physical distances who are crime victims.
Abstract: While delinquents do seem to be less supportive than other, non-delinquent juveniles, when the nature of intervention is considered (direct or indirect) in conflict situations, delinquents are more loyal to family and friends. In this regard, delinquents' loyalty is undivided, suggesting their social cohension is more particularistic and intense compared to the extensive and universalistic support given by other juveniles. Contact with other delinquents is directly related to in-group loyalty and accounts for part of the relationship between it and delinquency. Interpreted in terms of Simmel's view of conflict, group structure, and group cohension, the findings also suggest a departure from an additive model; delinquents involved in dyadic relationships with other delinquents are often "too" loyal. 5 tables, 57 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile Delinquent-nondelinquent comparisons; Social network analysis
Index Term(s): Juvenile offender attitudes; Moral development
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