A Partial Test of Anderson's Code of the Street Thesis

Eric A. Stewart, Georgia State University

The current paper tests Anderson's Code of the Stree Thesis across two waves of data for a sample of 720 African-American adolescents and their primary caregivers. Using Anderson's Code of the Street Thesis, we investigate the merits of his arguments. The analyses incoprorate both community and family characteristics on individuals' adoption of attitudes indicative of a street code. We further investigate whether adopting a street code mediates community and family characteristics in predicting adolescent violent behaviors. The results will be discussed at the annual criminology meetings.

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