Tuesdi Stamper

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Joan Krenzin, Edward Bohlander, John Faine


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Department of Sociology

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Master of Arts


The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of social control on weapon carrying among male high school students Results from a 1992 drug and alcohol survey of males from three high schools were used to obtain a sample of 985 males Multiple regression was used to analyze the effects of measures of Travis Hirschi's social control elements--attachment, commitment, involvement, and belief -on weapon carrying among the students Other measures of delinquent behavior were then added to the regression model to find the best predictive model for weapon carrying among students The results showed that, while social control could account for some of the variation in weapon carrying, the delinquency variables were the best predictors of weapon carrying among high-school-aged boys.


Criminology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance | Sociology