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ERIC Number: EJ846437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4278
Reconsidering the Relationship between Race and Crime: Positive and Negative Predictors of Crime among African American Youth
Entner Wright, Bradley R.; Younts, C. Wesley
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, v46 n3 p327-352 2009
Studies of race and crime have emphasized the effects of social disadvantage and discrimination on increasing crime among African Americans. The authors extend this literature by examining various beliefs and institutions that have developed within African American communities that, in contrast, decrease criminal behavior. A model of cross-canceling, indirect effects between race and crime was developed and tested with data from the National Youth Survey. The results demonstrate that some factors, such as single-parent families, lowered educational attainment, and crime-ridden neighborhoods, increase criminal behavior among African American respondents relative to Whites. However, other factors, such as increased religiosity, strong family ties, and lowered alcohol consumption, decrease crime. These findings highlight the complex effects of race on crime. (Contains 1 note, 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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