Race, Single-Mother Households, and Delinquency: A Further Test of Power-Control Theory

Michael J. Leiber, University of Northern Iowa
Kristin Mack, University of Northern Iowa
Alex Knight, University of Northern Iowa

ABSTRACT
Power-control theory attempts to explain the gender gap in delinquency by linking work-place authority to parental socialization and supervision of sons and daughters in the home. While research has produced some support for power-control theory, questions remain concerning the validity of the perspective to explain the gender gap in delinquency among African Americans and youth that reside in single-parent households. Data from Add Health is used to determine if power-control theory is race-specific and applicable to single-parent homes. The implications of the findings for power-control theory will be discussed.

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