ERIC Number: ED186791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Social Control Theory and Delinquency: A Multivariate Test.
Wiatrowski, Michael D.; Swatko, Mary K.
Hirschi's social control theory of delinquency status that delinquency involvement is the function of the failure of an adolescent to form or maintain a bond to society comprised of attachment, commitment, involvement and belief. In the past decade Hirschi and other researchers have found substantial support for this original thesis using tabular analysis. Multivariate models of social control theory which simultaneously consider how all of the bond elements operate in relation to delinquency were investigated. Factor analysis and communality analysis were used to examine the empirical support for the uniqueness of the four bond elements; a great deal of shared variance among them was found. Measures of social class and ability as background factors were also added to the model to explicate the effects of those variables on the educational and occupational aspirational parts of social control theory. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools.