How socialization plays a part in juvenile delinquency




Leal, Ashley

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Several theories have been developed to explain why juveniles commit crimes. Two of those theories, differential reinforcement theory and social bond theory, are relied upon to develop the primary research question: do juveniles who regularly spend time with peers commit more crimes or participate in more substance abuse then juveniles who are considered to be social isolates. Also, the effects of race or gender on crime rates of social youths compared to youth who are less social are examined. Data from Monitoring the Future survey conducted in 2006 are used to examine these questions. This secondary data are located on the Inter-University Consortium Political and Social Research (ICPSR) website. Codebooks were made available in order to use their already existing data. Several statistical analyses are used to examine the data, including ordinary least squares regression.



social networks, differential association theory, juvenile delinquency, socialization, substance abuse


Leal, A. L. (2008). How socialization plays a part in juvenile delinquency (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.


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