The Relative Effects of Age, Sex and Family Characteristics on Self-Control

Trina Hope, University of Oklahoma
Harold Grasmick, University of Oklahoma
Laura Pointon, University of Oklahoma

Since its publication in 1990, Gottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory of Crime has been empirically tested with a variety of populations. As an independent variable predicting crime, delinquency, and a variety of analogous behaviors, the concept of self-control has performed well. What has not been studied as often is self-control as a dependent variable. This research seeks to further understand the predictors of self-control. Specifically we test the relative effects of the traditional correlates of crime (i.e., age, sex, race) and family variables such as attachment, supervision and parental deviance on self-control.

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