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Published in Journal of Youth and Adolescence 20:6 (1991), pp. 645-664. Copyright © 1991 Plenum Publishing Corporation. Used by permission.


Elements of social control theory were combined with social learning theory to construct a model of delinquency which specifies the manner in which parenting factors, social skills, value commitments, and problems in school contribute to association with deviant peers and involvement in delinquent behavior. The model was tested using a sample of 61 families, each of which included a seventh grader. Questionnaire responses and coded videotaped family interaction were employed as measures of study constructs. The results largely supported the proposed model.

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