Faculty Publications

Title

Race, gender, single-mother households, and delinquency: A further test of power-control theory

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Delinquency, Gender, Power-control theory, Race, Single-mother

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Youth and Society

Volume

37

Issue

2

First Page

115

Last Page

144

Abstract

Using power-control theory as the theoretical framework, the present study examines the gender gap in delinquency for White and African American youth from single-mother households. The research is driven by the need to focus more attention on understanding how delinquency theories apply across different racial groups. Results from both bivariate and multivariate analyses indicate that, with few exceptions, there are significant gender gaps in delinquency for both White and African American youth. Therefore, it appears that gender, more than race, influences nonserious delinquency among youth from single-mother families. These findings suggest that further development of power-control theory may lie in rethinking the classification of single-mother households as inherently balanced, or egalitarian, in nature. © 2005 Sage Publications.

Original Publication Date

12-1-2005

DOI of published version

10.1177/0044118X04271022

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