The Relationship Between Race, Self-Control, Social Bonding, and Delinquency: Is There Evidence of Cumulative Disadvamtage?

Terrance J. Taylor, Georgia State University

While often viewed as competing theories, recent research has linked the concepts of self-control and social bonding in the study of crime and delinquency. The current project continues this line of research using data collected as part of a multi-site longitudinal study of youth. By adding the often neglected component of race, this study extends social control based theories of crime and delinquency. Implications for criminological theory and public policy are discussed.

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