Gender, Social Bonding, and Peer Influence: A Conceptual Framework and Analysis

Christopher J. Taylor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

This paper will present a conceptual framework for a study that focuses on Hirschi's social bonding theory as an explanation for juvenile drug use. Specifically, this conceptual model examines whether gender influences one's bonds of attachment, commitment, involvement, and belief. The relationship between gender and juvenile drug use will also be explored. The roles of such control variables as race, community, peer influence, and grade level will also be assessed in the conceptual model. A large nationally representative data set of eight and tenth grade juveniles in the United States serves as the method for assessing the theoretical model, and prelimninary findings will be reported and discussed.

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