Social control theory and school misbehavior: Examining the role of race and ethnicity

Anthony A. Peguero, Ann Marie Popp, T. Lorraine Latimore, Zahra Shekarkhar, Dixie J. Koo

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Abstract

Social control theory has been successfully utilized to investigate and explain school misbehavior; however, only a few studies have focused on the complex role of race and ethnicity. With a diverse and growing racial and ethnic minority population, exploring whether race and ethnicity moderate the relationship between social control theory and school misbehavior is warranted. This study utilizes data from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002, a nationally representative sample of 10th-grade students, to examine whether the relationship between social control theory and school misbehavior varies by race and ethnicity. The findings suggest that the relationship between elements of the social bond and school misbehavior varies across racial and ethnic groups. This study discusses the importance of focusing on race and ethnicity in criminological research as the United States becomes increasingly diverse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-275
Number of pages17
JournalYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • deviance
  • race and ethnicity
  • school social bonds
  • school violence
  • social control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Law

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