A Test of Social Control Theory in the Prediction of Crime on a College Campus

Ayokeji Ayorinde, The College of New Jersey
Keri Ferguson, The College of New Jersey
Michael Ostermann, The College of New Jersey
Allison Ann Payne, The College of New Jersey

Previous research has found much support for Hirschi's social control theory, which focuses on the social bond or link between individuals and society. The strength of support differs, however, for the four elements of the bond: attachment, commitment, involvement, and belief. The paper will separately examine the ability of each element of the social bond to predict crime on a college campus. It is hypothesized that low attachment to peers, to parents, and to school, low commitment to conventional activities, low involvement in conventional activities, and low belief in conventional norms will all be predictors of delinquency. Data were obtained from a self-report survey given to undergraduates from a small liberal arts college in New Jersey. Correlational and regression analyses will be examined.

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