Violent delinquency in America the determinants of carrying firearms among juveniles: a theoretical comparative analysis

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dc.contributor.author Wallace, Douglas Scott Larson
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-18T21:39:32Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-18T21:39:32Z
dc.date.issued 2009-12-18T21:39:32Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/2343
dc.description.abstract This study examined three of the prominent theories of juvenile delinquency to determine principle juvenile firearm carrying behaviors. The theories investigated were Differential Association/Social Learning, Social Control, and Anomie/Strain. The data set used for this research was the “National Survey of Weapons-Related Experiences, Behaviors, and Concerns of High School Youth in the United States, 1996” from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan. This national-level survey of youth was conducted by Joseph F. Sheley and James D. Wright to assemble detailed behavioral and attitudinal data concerning weapons and violence, and was completed by 733 10th and 11th grade male high school students. Comparison logistic regression model analyses were utilized to examine the study’s hypotheses. Findings indicated that juvenile firearms carrying is most influenced by delinquent peers, delinquent friends, and gang membership within the theoretical framework of Differential Association/Social Learning. Social Control Theory has the least explanatory power, while the analysis of Anomie/Strain suggests that vicarious strains (those strains experienced by people close to the juvenile) have even more influence on juvenile firearms carrying than experienced strain. Theoretical integration is recommended for future research attempting to provide greater explanatory and predictive power for serious forms of delinquency like juvenile firearms carrying. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Juvenile delinquency en_US
dc.subject Strain theory en_US
dc.subject Social learning en_US
dc.subject Social control en_US
dc.subject Firearms en_US
dc.subject Gun violence en_US
dc.title Violent delinquency in America the determinants of carrying firearms among juveniles: a theoretical comparative analysis en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor W. Richard Goe en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology, Criminology and Penology (0627) en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology, General (0626) en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology, Theory and Methods (0344) en_US
dc.date.published 2009 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US

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