Abuse, Trauma, And Social Bonding In The Etiology Of Female Delinquency

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Title: Abuse, Trauma, And Social Bonding In The Etiology Of Female Delinquency
Author: Laster, Louis Dwayne
Abstract: The study was designed to examine the ability of social bonding and abuse variables in explaining the phenomena of female delinquency . An existing data source , the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well -Being , provided information -rich data regarding female delinquents from nine primary sampling units located in the North American mid -west . The data was collected from a total of 5 ,501 youth between 1999 and 2002 . A total of 2 ,587 females participated in the study , and 280 female delinquents (n=280 ) from wave 1 were studied in this analysis . The purpose of the study was to examine the theoretical frameworks of girls' survival theory and social bonding , to ascertain effectiveness in the prediction of female delinquency , and to determine how much of the variance in the dependent variable , delinquency , could be explained using abuse and social bonding variables . It was hypothesized that variables associated with girls' survival theory taken from feminist theory and social bonding theory would be significant predictors for violent female delinquency . The data utilized for analysis consists of data originally collected for the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well -Being (NSCAW ) , by the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect . Data was collected in five waves dating from 1999 to 2007 . Wave 1 data was analyzed using multiple regression to ascertain which variables explained the variance in female delinquency attributed to Girls' Surviving theory , and Social Bonding theory . Four hypotheses were tested using linear regression analysis . The major findings of this study conclude that physical abuse and trauma have a significant impact on female delinquency . However , there appears to be an inverse relationship present within the trauma domain . The agents of social bonding were not significant in the analysis of female delinquents .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /1005
Date: 2008-08-08

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Abuse, Trauma, And Social Bonding In The Etiology Of Female Delinquency. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /1005 .

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