Explanations of the sex‐deviance relationship

Richard B. Felson, Allen E. Liska

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Scopus citations


This paper examines sex differences in school deviance and compares a cultural/socialization explanation (the machismo thesis) and structural explanations of this differential. In general, the findings show that the sex‐school deviance relationship is completely explained by differences in social controls and pressures which are structured by sex, and that machismo identity may be a mediator of this relationship for aggression but not for general school misconduct. In addition, the findings suggest that sex differences in deviance are enhanced because children tend to be influenced by same‐sexed peers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalDeviant Behavior
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


Dive into the research topics of 'Explanations of the sex‐deviance relationship'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this