Self-Concept and Delinquency: The Effects of Reflected Appraisals by Parents and Peers

David Brownfield, University of Toronto
Kevin Thompson, North Dakota State University

In this paper, we empirically assess selected aspects of symbolic interactionist theory, with a focus on identity as measured by the individual's self-concept and by reflected appraisals by parents and peers. Prior research has found that having a deviant identity is strongly correlated with delinquent behavior. Self-concept and reflected appraisal measures that we use include items on sociability and propensity for trouble-making. The influence of reflected appraisals on self-concept or identity is also assessed.

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