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NCJ Number: 98152 Find in a Library
Title: Having Money and Delinquent Involvement - The Neglect of Power in Delinquency Theory
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:12  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1985)  Pages:171-192
Author(s): F T Cullen; M T Larson; R A Mathers
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Prevailing studies of the link between social class and delinquency typically assume that parental SES is an adequate measure of the affluence or deprivation juveniles experience. This approach as thus masked the possibility that the economic resources youths control may vary independently of parental standing and exert a causal impact on delinquent involvement.
Abstract: Based on a self-report study of a sample drawn from a mid-western city in which the material resources of adolescents were measured, our analysis supported the conclusion that having money is positively related to participation in nonviolent delinquent conduct. Theoretically, this suggests that economic resources may provide juveniles with the power needed to escape parental controls and to have access to the opportunities to engage in enjoyable unlawful activities. Finally, the data revealed that results differ according to the type of self-report scale employed. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Economic analysis of crime; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency research; Self reported crimes; Society-crime relationships
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