Examining Gender- and Drug-Specific Arrest Counts: A Partial Test of Agnew’s General Strain Theory

Rick Dierenfeldt, Joshua T. Shadwick, Hyounggon Kwak

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Abstract

Despite Agnew`s extension of general strain theory to the macro-level, little attention has been devoted to assessing of the link between community characteristics and gender-specific drug arrests. Prior studies have also neglected to explore gender-based disparities in aggregate arrests for specific drugs. This study examines the influence of community characteristics in explaining variability in gender- and drug-specific arrest counts across 165 cities. Results highlight that the influence of police per capita, drug-specific mortality, and region on drug arrests vary significantly by gender, while the influence of structural disadvantage is relatively consistent between genders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1097-1112
Number of pages16
JournalDeviant Behavior
Volume41
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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