Parenting factors, social skills, and value commitments as precursors to school failure, involvement with deviant peers, and delinquent behavior

Ronald L. Simons, Les B. Whitbeck, Rand D. Conger, Katherine J. Conger

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Elements of social control theory were combined with social learning theory to construct a model of delinquency which specifies the manner in which parenting factors, social skills, value commitments, and problems in school contribute to association with deviant peers and involvement in delinquent behavior. The model was tested using a sample of 61 families, each of which included a seventh grader. Questionnaire responses and coded videotaped family interaction were employed as measures of study constructs. The results largely supported the proposed model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)645-664
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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