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Family and Delinquency: Testing Major Theories and Intervening Mechanisms * Assistant Professor, Department of Information Sociology, Soongsil University, Ph.D. in Sociology Lee, Seong-Sik* Although the empirical research on the relationship between family life and delinquency is substantial, the results seems incomplete and inconclusive. This study tests the effects of parenting factors on delinquency and intends to find the intervening mechanism. This work identifies several aspects of family factors: parental affection, supervision, maltreatment, punishment, parental conflict, parental deviance, and parental labeling. In addition, this study specifies five intervening variables: attachment to parents, negative emotion, attitudes favorable to delinquency, negative self-concept, and self-control. Using data from 794 male high school students in Kyungsang areas, this study tries to test several major theories. Results show that parental labeling has the most important impact on delinquency and its effect is mediated through negative self-concept. Those findings support labeling theory. In addition, parental deviance and coercion have also significant influences on delinquency. However, parental affection, supervision, punishment, and parental conflict are not statistically significant. The policy implications of those results are discussed.


Family and Delinquency: Testing Major Theories and Intervening Mechanisms * Assistant Professor, Department of Information Sociology, Soongsil University, Ph.D. in Sociology Lee, Seong-Sik* Although the empirical research on the relationship between family life and delinquency is substantial, the results seems incomplete and inconclusive. This study tests the effects of parenting factors on delinquency and intends to find the intervening mechanism. This work identifies several aspects of family factors: parental affection, supervision, maltreatment, punishment, parental conflict, parental deviance, and parental labeling. In addition, this study specifies five intervening variables: attachment to parents, negative emotion, attitudes favorable to delinquency, negative self-concept, and self-control. Using data from 794 male high school students in Kyungsang areas, this study tries to test several major theories. Results show that parental labeling has the most important impact on delinquency and its effect is mediated through negative self-concept. Those findings support labeling theory. In addition, parental deviance and coercion have also significant influences on delinquency. However, parental affection, supervision, punishment, and parental conflict are not statistically significant. The policy implications of those results are discussed.