Term of Award

Summer 2017

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social Sciences (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Creative Commons License
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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Committee Chair

Chad Posick

Committee Member 1

Bryan Miller

Committee Member 2

Laura Agnich

Committee Member 3

John Brent

Committee Member 3 Email



For more than a century, there has been concern about the nature and extent of crime in the African American community. African American adolescents are more likely viewed to be involved in delinquency than adolescents from other racial/ethnic groups. Guided by social bonding theory, this study examined how African American males’ relationship with their parents and living in rural and non-rural context, affects delinquent behavior. This study analyzes data from The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescents to Adult Health (Add Health). Three main hypotheses are tested in regards to parental attachment, family structure, and living in rural and non-rural contexts. Five logistic regression models are used to predict various types of delinquency. Results support social bonding theory and indicate that parental attachments are predictors of African Americans males’ delinquent behavior.

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