ERIC Number: ED247327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Conceptual Issues in the Study of Hispanic Delinquency.
Anderson, Nancy; Rodriguez, Orlando
Hispanic Research Center Research Bulletin, v7 n1-2 p2-8 Jan-Apr 1984
This article examines the delinquency literature to determine how factors identified as influencing delinquency actually operate among Hispanics. In light of the fact that Hispanic youth with similar socioeconomic levels to Blacks engage in delinquency at lower rates than Blacks, the article also tries to explain how Hispanic adolescents living in a high crime area such as the South Bronx in New York City manage to avoid delinquency. Four theories--the social control theory, the opportunity structure theory, the social disorganization theory, and the crime deterrence theory--are examined to determine their applicability to Hispanic delinquency and to consider how they may be modified to reflect the life circumstances of inner-city Hispanic adolescents. Throughout, the discussion indicates how the little knowledge available about Hispanic inner-city delinquency, as well as findings of the Hispanic Research Center's exploratory fieldwork in the South Bronx, necessitates extending conceptualizations of delinquency. Finally, the article examines how acculturation, a key factor in Hispanic life, is interrelated with other factors associated with delinquent behavior. (CMG)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Minority Group Mental Health Program.
Authoring Institution: Fordham Univ., Bronx, NY. Hispanic Research Center.