Strangers in the halls

Isolation and delinquency in school networks

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Abstract

Although criminologists have long recognized the strong correlation between a person's delinquency and the delinquency of his of her friends, the mechanisms underlying this relationship remain elusive. The current study adds to research on peers and delinquency by exploring the behaviors of adolescents isolated from school friendship networks. Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) allow me to identify an isolated population and test theoretically derived hypotheses. Results suggest that low peer attachment in and of itself fails to increase future delinquency. However, isolation in conjunction with problematic peer encounters at school was found to significantly increase delinquency and delinquent peer associations. The theoretical implications of this interaction are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-390
Number of pages40
JournalSocial Forces
Volume83
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

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