Black Middle Class Delinquents

5c1de5a00c20d.jpg Author Connie R. Hassett-walker
Isbn 9781593323424
File size 1MB
Year 2009
Pages 244
Language English
File format PDF
Category Security

Book Description:

Most criminal justice research on African Americans focuses on poor Blacks living in poor Black communities. Hassett-Walker expands this focus to middle class blacks and empirically tests an assertion from Pattillo-McCoy (1999)'s Black Picket Fences i.e., that little difference in delinquency exists between poor versus middle class Black youth using two national probability samples. Independent variables included class status, parent-child interaction, and neighborhood poverty. Parenting behavior and marital disruption were both predictive of delinquency. Having delinquent peers predicted future arrest, suggesting support for differential association theory. Implications for future research, criminal justice coursework, and government funding are discussed.

 

 

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