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NCJ Number: 221616 Find in a Library
Title: Social Class and Criminality Among Young People: A Study Considering the Effects of School Achievement as a Mediating Factor on the Basis of Swedish Register and Self-Report Data
Journal: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention  Volume:8  Issue:2  Dated:2007  Pages:210-233
Author(s): Jonas Ring; Robert Svensson
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research
SE-103 15 Stockholm,
Grant Number: 2002-0789
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study focused on two hypotheses describing the link between social class origins and school achievement, and between school achievement and crime.
Abstract: The results from the two datasets indicate that working-class background is associated with lower school grades and that low grades are linked to the level of involvement in crime. In general, the results show that there is a significant but quite weak relationship between social class and crime. A person’s social background can be assumed to influence a person’s life-chances and future welfare in different ways. Social class background is commonly considered to be a factor to take into consideration in various analyses of criminality. This study focuses on the association between parental social class, school achievement, and criminality among young people. The study hypothesizes that there is a relationship between class background and school achievement, and between school achievement and crime. It also examines whether school achievement is a mediating variable between class background and crime. The study builds on analyses of both register and self-report data. Tables, references and appendixes 1 and 2
Main Term(s): Crime patterns
Index Term(s): Criminality prediction; Criminology; School influences on crime; Social classes; Social conditions
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