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NCJ Number: 91273 Find in a Library
Title: Explaining Delinquent Involvement - A Consideration of Suppressor Effects
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:20  Issue:2  Dated:(July 1983)  Pages:199-213
Author(s): W L Lipton; M D Smith
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 15
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Delinquency research is characterized by empirical models which generally afford low degrees of explanatory power. While the small R-squared time(s) which characterize the discipline may be attributed, in part, to methodological and theoretical problems, part of the explanation for the insufficiency of our models may lie in a failure to consider the statistical issue of suppression.
Abstract: Utilizing data from the first two waves of the Youth in Transition study, an empirical example is offered in an attempt to demonstrate the importance of considering suppressor effects in delinquency research. Beginning with a bivariate correlation between social class and delinquency that is effectively zero, multivariate analyses are conducted in order to determine whether attachment to school serves as a suppressor in this relationship. The results of the analyses reveal that social class is, in fact, related to delinquent involvement but that the relationship is apparent only when controlling for the attachment variables. Ramifications of this finding are discussed and an explanation of how to recognize suppressor effects is offered. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Research methods
Note: Presented at the 1981 American Society of Criminology Meetings.
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