Local Trends in School Delinquency: An Analysis of Aggregate-Level Data

Justin W. Patchin, Michigan State University

Violence at school has increasingly become an important social concern in recent years. As such, many contemporary researchers are attempting to disentangle the many causes and correlates of anti-social behavior in this environment. For this paper, aggregate-level school delinquency data will be analyzed in an effort to examine emerging trends and significant correlations. Data were obtained from incident reports at approximately 40 schools in a large midwestern school district. Relevant theoretical ideologies will be employed in this endeavor, including social control, differential association, and fear of victimization frameworks. Findings will be discussed and limitations to this type of analysis will be acknowledged.

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