General Strain, Delinquency, and Gang Membership

Dorothy E. Merianos, Sam Houston State University
Janet L. Mullings, Sam Houston State University

ABSTRACT
Until recently, research examining risk factors for delinquency and gang membership has been dominated by either the social control or the social learning school, thus our knowledge of risk factors at the micro level remains more limited, particularly in institutionalized juvenile populations. To date, no research has been conducted on incarcerated youths utilizing the tenets of general strain theory. As such, this represents a gap in the literature. To that end, the purpose of this study is a partial test of general strain theory to examine the issues of delinquency and gang membership in a group of juvenile offenders institutionalized in the Texas Youth Commission.

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