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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)


Criminal Justice and Criminology

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Jennifer Pealer

Committee Members

Dustin Osborne, Chris Rush, Bradley Edwards


Using a secondary data set with no identifying information, this study evaluated the relationship between the adult male offending behaviors of alcoholism, drug dependency, and violent behavior and the social bonds of attachment and commitment that the adult male offender may have with his parents. The data was collected in 1970 as part of a study used to examine the correlates of violent criminal behavior and offending. This study was later titled the “Longitudinal Study of Violent Criminal Behavior in the United States (1970 – 1984).” The current study utilized Hirschi’s (1969) social bond theory in examining the correlation between offending behaviors, such as drug dependency, alcoholism, and the commission of a violent offense, among adult male offenders and the presence and strength of the social bonds of attachment and commitment.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


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