Race, Single-Mother Households, and Deliquency: A Further Test of Power-Control Theory

Michael J. Leiber, University of Northern Iowa
Kristin Mack, University of Northern Iowa
Mark A. Harris, University of Northern Iowa
Alex Knight, University of Northern Iowa

Power-control theory attempts to explain the gender gap in delinquency by linking work-place authority to parental socialization and supervision of sons and daughters in the home. While research has produced some support for power-control theory, questions remain concerning the validity of the perspective to explain the gender-gap in delinquency among African Americans and youth that reside in single-parent households. Data from Add Health is used to determine if the power-control theory is race-specific and applicable to two-parent households. The implications of the findings for power-control theory will be discussed.

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