The Link Between the Community, the Family and Juvenile Delinquency: An Examination of Gender Differences Among Male and Female Juveniles

Dusten Hollist, Washington State University

Among the most critical voids in our knowledge about juvenile delinquent behavior is the lack of attention that has been given to the link between the community and the family. Although current attempts are beginning to focusing on the community-family link with delinquency, there has been a lack of empirical attention given to the differential effects that this link poses among male and female juveniles. This paper addresses this void through an examination of male and female specific effects at the community-family-delinquency nexus. Theoretically generated hypotheses are tested using the National Survey of Children in an effort to identify significant differences among the genders and there importance to existing knowledge about juvenile delinquent behavior.

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