Parents, Peers and Punks: Social and Self-Control Predictors of Multiple Forms of Deviance

Sharon Redhawk Love, Penn State University - Altoona
L. Edward Day, Penn State University - Altoona

Social control theory has traditionally examined the effects of external bonds to conventional others. Self-control theory focuses on internal sources of control as an explanation for general forms of deviance. Although it seems reasonable to assume that both forms of control affect involvement in deviance, criminologists have rarely examined the effects of both in the same analysis. In this paper we examine the effects of both parental attachment and self-control on multiple forms of deviance -- eating disorders, substance abuse and self reported crimes. This paper explores the relative contribution of social control and self control as it varies across forms of deviance.

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