Schools as a Source for Delinquent Behavior: The Development of Negative Affective States and the Presence of Coping Strategies

Daniel R. Lee, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Adam Dobrin, Florida Atlantic University

Over the past decade, general strain theory (GST) has accumulated a considerable amount of empirical support. Many of these experiments have typical centered on testing the direct relationship that strain has on crime and delinquency. This test attempts to incorporate a more complete model by paying particular attention to the negative affective state and coping strategies that might play an intervening role as predicted by Agnew (1992). Particular attention will be directed at the contribution that school settings have in developing the negative affective state and providing both illegitimate and legitimate coping strategies for juveniles.

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