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Title: DELINQUENCY IS STILL GROUP BEHAVIOR! - TOWARD REVITALIZING THE GROUP PREMISE IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANCE
Journal: JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY  Volume:68  Issue:2  Dated:(JUNE 1977)  Pages:262-273
Author(s): M L ERICKSON; G F JENSEN
Corporate Author: Northwestern University
School of Law
Managing Editor
United States of America

Williams and Wilkins Co
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Northwestern University
Chicago, IL 60611
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20857
Williams and Wilkins Co
Baltimore, MD 21202
Grant Number: MH22350
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE PREMISE THAT THE CONTEXT AND MAJOR REFERENTS OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR INVOLVE ADOLESCENT GROUPS IS EXPLORED IN AN ANALYSIS OF DELINQUENT ACTS REPORTED BY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN FOUR SOUTHERN ARIZONA COMMUNITIES.
Abstract: QUESTIONNAIRES WERE ADMINISTERED TO 1,700 STUDENTS FROM 3 SMALL-TOWN AND 3 URBAN SCHOOLS. THE SUBJECTS WERE ASKED HOW MANY TIMES DURING THE PAST YEAR THEY HAD COMMITTED EACH OF 18 DELINQUENT ACTS, AND HOW MANY OF THESE TIMES THEY HAD BEEN IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS. THE FINDINGS SUGGEST THAT THE YOUTHS GENERALLY ENGAGE IN DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR WHEN THEY ARE IN THE COMPANY OF PEERS. HOWEVER, THE TENDENCY VARIES FROM OFFENSE TO OFFENSE. GROUP VIOLATIONS ARE MOST COMMON WITH DRUG OFFENSES AND LEAST COMMON WITH STATUS OFFENSES OTHER THAN DRINKING AND SMOKING. THE FINDINGS CORRELATE IN GENERAL WITH THOSE OF EARLIER STUDIES CONDUCTED IN OTHER COMMUNITIES. THE CONCEPT OF THE LONE FEMALE DELINQUENT IS BROUGHT INTO QUESTION BY THE FINDING THAT FEMALES ACTUALLY ARE MORE LIKELY TO COMMIT OFFENSES IN GROUPS THAN ARE MALES. VARIATIONS IN GROUP VIOLATION RATES ARE NOT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE OFFENSE AS EVALUATED BY ADULTS AND BY JUVENILES. IMPLICATIONS OF THE FINDINGS IN SUPPORT OF THE GROUP BEHAVIOR PREMISE FOR LABELLING AND DETERRENCE THEORIES ARE DISCUSSED. SUPPORTING DATA ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Group behavior; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Peer influences on behavior; Self reported crimes; Youth groups
Note: BASED ON DATA GATHERED AS PART OF A LARGER STUDY OF
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