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Article: An Empirical Investigation of Social Bonds and Juvenile Delinquency in Hong Kong

TitleAn Empirical Investigation of Social Bonds and Juvenile Delinquency in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsAdolescent
Delinquency
Gender
Hong Kong Chinese
Social Bond
Social Control Theory
Issue Date2012
PublisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1053-1890
Citation
Child And Youth Care Forum, 2012, v. 41 n. 4, p. 371-386 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Although there are studies that tested Hirschi's social bond elements with Asian samples in the past, however, no study has examined all his social bond elements. Objective: Therefore, this study aims to test all Hirschi's social bond elements with a sample of secondary educated male and female Hong Kong adolescents. Methods: A total of 1,377 adolescents (666 males and 711 females) aged between 12 and 17 years who are randomly selected out of nine selected secondary schools in Hong Kong are surveyed. In addition to descriptive and bivariate analyses, multivariate analyses are performed to examine the differential social bond effects in predicting the propensity to commit theft and violent crime among male and female adolescents, with and without controlling for their age. Results: Findings indicate that a strong belief in the legal system, a healthy parent-child bonding, and a strong school commitment are significant protective factors to prevent adolescents from engaging theft and violent delinquency. However, though not uncommon, the increased level of involvement in organizational activities is likely to result in the increase of propensity to involve in delinquent conducts. Conclusions: This study further offers several implications for social service that may benefit adolescents, by which an improvement of the police-youth relationship as a way to provide an accurate understanding of the criminal justice system, a healthy parent-child bonding, and a strong school commitment may reduce the adolescents' propensity to commit delinquent acts. Limitations and directions for future research are also outlined. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172315
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.0
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.522
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dc.contributor.authorChui, WHen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, HCOen_US
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dc.date.available2012-10-30T06:21:22Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationChild And Youth Care Forum, 2012, v. 41 n. 4, p. 371-386en_US
dc.identifier.issn1053-1890en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172315-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Although there are studies that tested Hirschi's social bond elements with Asian samples in the past, however, no study has examined all his social bond elements. Objective: Therefore, this study aims to test all Hirschi's social bond elements with a sample of secondary educated male and female Hong Kong adolescents. Methods: A total of 1,377 adolescents (666 males and 711 females) aged between 12 and 17 years who are randomly selected out of nine selected secondary schools in Hong Kong are surveyed. In addition to descriptive and bivariate analyses, multivariate analyses are performed to examine the differential social bond effects in predicting the propensity to commit theft and violent crime among male and female adolescents, with and without controlling for their age. Results: Findings indicate that a strong belief in the legal system, a healthy parent-child bonding, and a strong school commitment are significant protective factors to prevent adolescents from engaging theft and violent delinquency. However, though not uncommon, the increased level of involvement in organizational activities is likely to result in the increase of propensity to involve in delinquent conducts. Conclusions: This study further offers several implications for social service that may benefit adolescents, by which an improvement of the police-youth relationship as a way to provide an accurate understanding of the criminal justice system, a healthy parent-child bonding, and a strong school commitment may reduce the adolescents' propensity to commit delinquent acts. Limitations and directions for future research are also outlined. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1053-1890en_US
dc.relation.ispartofChild and Youth Care Forumen_US
dc.subjectAdolescenten_US
dc.subjectDelinquencyen_US
dc.subjectGenderen_US
dc.subjectHong Kong Chineseen_US
dc.subjectSocial Bonden_US
dc.subjectSocial Control Theoryen_US
dc.titleAn Empirical Investigation of Social Bonds and Juvenile Delinquency in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10566-012-9172-zen_US
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