Bullies, Fights, and Guns: Testing Self-control Theory with Juveniles

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LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, 2001 - Social Science - 175 pages
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Most examinations of juvenile violence are limited in the behaviors studied and the theories used. To address these issues Nofziger applies a test of Gottfredson and Hirschi's (1990) General Theory of Crime to a range of violent and intimidating acts. She explores bullying, fighting, and weapon related behaviors and tests the effects of self-control and opportunity with survey data on 1200 juveniles. The analysis indicates that greater self-control decreases intimidation and violence and that greater opportunity increases the same behaviors. The study supports self-control theory and suggests that lessened self-control and increased opportunity encourage the behaviors under investigation.
 

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Contents

Juvenile Intimidation Violence and SelfControl
1
Data Collection and Sample Characteristics
41
Demographic Characteristics of Sample Age Sex
46
Measuring the Key Concepts of SelfControl and
57
1 Items and Coding for SelfControl Measures
63
Comparison of Fit Statistics of SelfControl
70
Items and Coding for Opportunity Measure
77
Structural Equation Modeling Predicting
85
Distribution and Coding for Bullying Measure
87
Maximum Likelihood Estimates of Measure of
91
Factor Analysis of Weapon Related Behaivors
104
Discussion and Conclusion
119
Fayetteville Survey
135
References
159
Name and Subject Index
173
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