The Influence of Family and Religious Characteristics on Trajectories of Delinquent Behavior from Adolescence to Young Adulthood

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dc.contributor.author Petts, Richard J.
dc.date.accessioned 2022-04-29T14:37:44Z
dc.date.available 2022-04-29T14:37:44Z
dc.date.issued 2009-06-01
dc.identifier.citation Petts, R. J. (2009). Family and Religious Characteristics’ Influence on Delinquency Trajectories from Adolescence to Young Adulthood. American Sociological Review, 74(3), 465–483. https://doi.org/10.1177/000312240907400307 en_US
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dc.description This is the accepted manuscript version of the article appearing in American Sociological Review titled "Family and Religious Characteristics' Influence on Delinquency Trajectories from Adolescence to Young Adulthood". The final published version of this article can be accessed at https://doi.org/10.1177/000312240907400307. en_US
dc.description.abstract Using data from the NLSY79, this study takes a life-course approach to examine whether family and religious characteristics influence individual-level trajectories of delinquent behavior from early adolescence through young adulthood. Results suggest that residing with two parents deters youth from becoming delinquent, and supportive parenting practices reduce the likelihood of becoming involved in delinquent behavior early in adolescence. There is also evidence that family and religion interact to predict trajectories of delinquency. Religion seems to enhance the effect of parental affection in deterring delinquent behavior as well as mitigate the increased risk of high levels of delinquent behavior among youth in single-parent families. Moreover, the findings indicate that trajectories of delinquency are not immutable; family transitions are associated with increases in delinquency, but religious participation throughout adolescence and marriage are associated with declines in delinquent behavior. Overall, results suggest that family and religious characteristics continually influence the extent to which youth commit delinquent acts. en_US
dc.relation.isversionof https://doi.org/10.1177/000312240907400307 en_US
dc.title The Influence of Family and Religious Characteristics on Trajectories of Delinquent Behavior from Adolescence to Young Adulthood en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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