MA (Master of Arts)
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Stephen E. Brown
Finn-Aage Esbensen, John P. Wright, Michael C. Braswell
The theories of social bond, differential association and routine activities were synthesized into one theoretical model to determine its predictive utility in the explanation of juvenile delinquency and victimization. Using cross-sectional data obtained from the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) survey, a sample of 1,555 middle school students was examined. The results of the Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regressions indicate that the integrated model explains between 33% and 37% of the variation in delinquent behavior (i.e., property crime, violent crime and alcohol and illegal drug use). The analysis also indicates that the integrated model explains between 15% and 27% of the variation in victimization. This thesis concludes that theoretical integration is necessary in order to develop a more complete crime theory and to increase the current understanding of the crime-victimization relationship.
Thesis - Open Access
Dodson, Kimberly Dawn, "An Examination of Juvenile Delinquency and Victimization Using an Integrated Model Approach." (2001). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 65. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/65
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