Self-Control, Cultural Discontinuity, and Delinquency Among Native Americans

Peter B. Wood, Mississippi State University
R. Gregory Dunaway, Mississippi State University
Gregory D. Morris, Buena Vista University

ABSTRACT
Based on a survey conducted in six Oklahoma public schools, we examine the predictors of self-control and delinquency among 328 Native American and approximately 1000 white high school students. Specifically, we examine racial differences in self-control using the Grasmick et al self-control scale, and determine whether measures of attachment to Native American culture and socialization into the dominant Anglo culture significantly influence levels of self-control among Native Americans. Finally, using multivariate analysis, we evaluate whether attachment to Native American culture accounts for significant variation in Native American self-control and delinquency above and beyond that accounted for by traditional predictors. Results shed new light on the cultural discontinuity explanation for Native American involvement in juveniole delinquency, as well as racial differences in self-control.

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