Parental Low Self-Control, Parental Socialization, Young Adult Low Self-Control, and Offending: A Retrospective Study

Ryan C. Meldrum, Jacob Young, Peter S. Lehmann

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

17 Scopus citations

Abstract

Significant attention has been directed at evaluating Gottfredson and Hirschi’s claim that parental socialization has a direct influence on self-control and an indirect influence on criminal behavior. Yet, only recently have researchers investigated the role parental self-control occupies in shaping these processes. To advance research in this area, the current study utilizes data collected on a sample of young adults (n = 420) to examine how parental low self-control is related to parental socialization, young adult low self-control, and young adult offending. In support of the hypothesized model, the results of a structural equation model indicate the effect of parental low self-control on young adult low self-control is indirect through parental socialization, the effect of parental socialization on young adult offending is indirect through young adult low self-control, and the effect of parental low self-control on young adult offending is indirect through both parental socialization and young adult low self-control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1183-1199
Number of pages17
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Volume42
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 28 2015

    Fingerprint

Keywords

  • offending
  • parental self-control
  • parental socialization
  • self-control theory
  • SEM
  • young adult self-control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law

Cite this