Rethinking the model of delinquency: An analysis of gender on the individual elements of the social bond
Goggin, Robert Michael
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A substantial amount of research has been dedicated to studying the elements of the social bond as conceptualized by Travis Hirschi in his Model of Delinquency. However, studies have failed to take into account gender differences within this model. Using data from the National Educational Longitudinal Survey NELS) conducted from 1988-1994, this study investigates gender differences of each individual element of the social bond. The results show a significant quantitative difference between males and females. The two significant elements of the social bond in determining the likelihood of delinquent behavior for males are Belief and Involvement, whereas female delinquency is predicated on Belief and Attachment. The significance of these findings will be discussed in the paper.