General strain theory, peer rejection, and delinquency/crime

George E. Higgins, Nicole L. Piquero, Alex R. Piquero

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Abstract

The development of general strain theory (GST) has led to a renewed focus on the influence of negative life experiences on antisocial behavior. Although a number of studies have generated an impressive array of support for the theory, several avenues remain open for research. In this article, we examine how a specific noxious stimuli, peer rejection, relates to delinquency/crime, and the degree of shared relation among peer rejection and delinquency/crime. Using data from a national sample of 413 children and adolescents, analyses indicated two highly stable trajectories of peer rejection and three trajectories of delinquency/crime, that peer rejection and delinquency/crime were not strongly related in general, but a joint analysis of their relationship revealed that high peer rejection was related to high delinquency/crime among males but not among females. Implications and directions for future research are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1272-1297
Number of pages26
JournalYouth and Society
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • crime
  • delinquency
  • general strain theory
  • peer rejection
  • trajectories

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Higgins, George E. ; Piquero, Nicole L. ; Piquero, Alex R. / General strain theory, peer rejection, and delinquency/crime. In: Youth and Society. 2011 ; Vol. 43, No. 4. pp. 1272-1297.
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