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Title: Two Routes to Delinquency: Differences Between Early and Late Starters in the Impact of Parenting and Deviant Peers
Journal: Criminology  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:247-276
Author(s): R L Simons; C Wu; R D Conger; F O Lorenz
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL 60603
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: MH43270; DA05347
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To test the hypothesis that the effect of deviant peers on serious delinquency is limited largely to adolescents with antisocial tendencies, or that youths with such tendencies are most likely to engage in delinquency through their involvement with a deviant peer group, this study used four waves of data collected on 177 adolescent boys living in small towns in the Midwest.
Abstract: For adolescents who had a later onset of delinquency, quality of parenting predicting affiliation with delinquent peers, which was correlated with criminal justice system involvement. Oppositional or defiant behavior was not related either with affiliation with delinquent peers or with criminal justice system involvement. For youths who displayed an early onset of delinquency, quality of parenting was associated with oppositional or defiant behavior. Oppositional behavior was correlated with affiliation with delinquent peers, which in turn predicted criminal justice system involvement. For this group of boys, criminal justice system involvement was highest for those who displayed oppositional behavior and who had deviant friends. 1 table, 3 figures, 2 notes, 45 references, and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prediction; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Peer influences on behavior; Statistics
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