ERIC Number: ED382633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
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Structural Equation Model of Adolescent Delinquency.
Whiteside, Leanne; And Others
This study of 1,093 public high school students was designed to test an integrated theoretical model of delinquency, consisting of elements of social control and social learning theories, with LISREL procedures. The model confirmed with LISREL was very similar to the hypothesized model. The hypothesized model was fitted to data on one random sample taken from the original sample and then confirmed in a separate random sample of respondents. The confirmed model showed a co-variant relationship between attachment to parents and religion, and each of these elements of bonding had a positive relationship to conventional beliefs. Conventional beliefs had an inverse relationship to differential association with delinquent peers, as well as to frequency of delinquent behavior. Modeling peer delinquent behavior increased delinquency, as did excuses for crime, and these excuses had a reciprocal relationship with perception of the rewards of delinquency. Theoretical and practice implications of the study were discussed. An appendix lists delinquency scales. (Contains 84 references, 4 tables, and 2 figures.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: LISREL Computer Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 9-11, 1994).