Hirschi and Religion: An Expansion of Social Control Theory

Michael A. Cretacci, The Citadel

Travis Hirschi's social control theory has been one of the most frequently tested in the criminological literature. However, the most recent tests fail to include an important indicator of the social bond, namely religion. In an attempt to add to that specific body of research as well highlight my effort at expanding Hirschi's theory; I have included religion as an additional arena in which to measure the social bond. Reported results address the effects of Time 1 bonding on Time 2 delinquency utilizing a path analysis and two waves of data.

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