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ERIC Number: EJ808655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
General Strain Theory and Delinquency: Focusing on the Influences of Key Strain Characteristics on Delinquency
Moon, Byongook; Blurton, David; McCluskey, John D.
Crime & Delinquency, v54 n4 p582-613 2008
The study examines the effects of recent, older, and chronic strains and of perceived injustice of strain on delinquency, sampling 777 Korean youth. Seven key strains most likely leading to delinquency, some of which were often overlooked in previous research, were included, and these are family conflict, parental punishment, teachers' punishment, financial strain, examination-related strain, being bullied, and criminal victimization. Overall, the findings provide some support for general strain theory's prediction that some recent strains and perceived injustice have significant effects on delinquency. The results show that recent and older teachers' physical and emotional punishment and victimization are positively related to general delinquency. However, chronic parental punishment and chronic bullying are negatively related to general delinquency, inconsistent with Agnew's prediction. The findings also indicate the critical importance of including types of strain that are unique to certain cultures into tests of the theory. (Contains 3 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea