ERIC Number: ED190318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Values and Self-Reported Delinquency.
Mookherjee, Harsha N.; Hogan, H. Wayne
The association between lower-class vs. middle-class values and self-reported delinquency was the focus of this study of 485 Caucasian male and female high school and college students in rural, middle Tennessee. The typical student's family background was lower-middle class, as determined by his/her father's occupation. The values statements used in the questionnaire were Cohen's (1955) nine middle-class items (e.g., working hard at trying to get ahead) and Miller's (1958) six lower-class items (e.g., being able to handle oneself and being tough). For the 20 categories of delinquency studies, males almost invariably admitted to substantially more involvement than did females. There was a slight tendency for proportionately more delinquency to be admitted to by students from middle-class rather than lower-class families, though the percentage differences between these two groups were quite small. Regardless of the students' sex or their families' social class, consistently more delinquency was reported by students who tended to reject rather than accept the statements contained in a measure of middle-class values. On the other hand, self-reported delinquency was much more ambiguously associated with the students' acceptance or rejection of statements in a measure of lower-class values. (Author/AN)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Delinquency, Evaluation Criteria, Family Influence, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Lower Class, Middle Class, Rural Youth, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Influences, Values, White Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville.; Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville.
Note: Paper presented at the World Congress for Rural Sociology (5th, Mexico City, Mexico, August, 1980).