Accounting for Anglo-Hispanic differences in school misbehavior

Vera Lopez, Mark W. Roosa, Jenn-Yun Tein, Khanh T. Dinh

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This study examined the main and interaction effects of social acceptance, aggression, and gang involvement on serious school misbehavior in a sample of 152 middle school age Hispanic and Anglo males. High social acceptance and high aggression (or gang involvement) were hypothesized to predict serious school misbehavior for Hispanic males, but not Anglo males. Our hypotheses for the model including aggression were supported. The findings for aggression, but not gang involvement, are consistent with social learning and code-of-the-streets theories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-46
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 29 2004


  • Code of the streets
  • Hispanic adolescents
  • School misbehavior
  • School misconduct
  • Social learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Law


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