Collective efficacy, authoritative parenting and delinquency: A longitudinal test of a model integrating community- and family-level processes

Ronald L. Simons, Leslie Gordon Simons, Callie Harbin Burt, Gene H. Brody, Carolyn Cutrona

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Abstract

In this paper, we develop and test hypotheses on how authoritative parenting and collective efficacy combine to increase a child's risk of affiliating with deviant peers and engaging in delinquent behavior. Analyses using two waves of data from a sample of several hundred African American caregivers and their children largely supported the predictions. Over time, increases in collective efficacy within a community were associated with increases in authoritative parenting. Further, both authoritative parenting and collective efficacy served to deter affiliation with deviant peers and involvement in delinquent behavior. Finally, there was evidence of an amplification process whereby the deterrent effect of authoritative parenting on affiliation with deviant peers and delinquency was enhanced when it was administered within a community with high collective efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)989-1029
Number of pages41
JournalCriminology
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005

Keywords

  • Collective efficacy
  • Community context
  • Parenting
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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