Faculty Publications

Title

Family structure, family processes, economic factors, and delinquency: Similarities and differences by race and ethnicity

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Delinquency, Economic factors, Family processes, Family structure, Race/ethnicity

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice

Volume

7

Issue

2

First Page

79

Last Page

99

Abstract

Using data from the Add Health Study, the authors examined relationships among family structure, family processes, and economic factors with delinquency and to what extent similarities and differences may exist for Whites, African Americans, and Hispanics. Results from negative binomial regression analyses indicated that, in general, of the family processes, maternal attachment was consistently found to be an important predictor of nonserious and serious delinquency irrespective of family structure, economic factors, and race and ethnicity. The results are discussed within the context of Hirschi's original interpretation of social control theory, and future directions for research are suggested. © 2009 SAGE Publications.

Original Publication Date

4-27-2009

DOI of published version

10.1177/1541204008327144

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