Employment Quality and Delinquent Peers: Do Good Jobs Moderate Bad Friends?

Robert A. Martin, Jr., University at Albany

Prior delinquent peer associations are one of the most consistent [redictors of both current criminality and present delinquent peer associations. Adolescents with strong ties to delinquent peers are likely to enter social trajectoris that maintain those ties into adulthood, absent some transition altering that path. I examine a TOBIT model using date from multiple waves of the National Youth Survey to determine whether the quality of employment in young adulthood moderates the strength of present delinquent peer associations, controlling for cumulative disadvantage and other relevant control variables.

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