Date of Award
Program or Major
Master of Arts
Prior research drawing on Social Bond Theory finds mixed evidence that parental influences are associated with a modest decrease in delinquency, but few studies have disaggregated maternal and paternal influences to examine their individual impacts on teen delinquency. The studies that have did not examine whether same-sex parental influences moderate delinquent peer influences on teen delinquency. The present study argues that (1) same-sex parent-adolescent associations may have important main effects on delinquency and (2) that same-sex parent-adolescent influences may simultaneously interact with peer delinquency such that delinquent peer influences decrease among youth whose same-sex parent exert strong parental influences over them. Through the use of two waves of Add Health data, same-sex parental influences are revealed to not buffer delinquent peer influences, while same-sex parent-adolescent associations do exert significant influences on teen delinquency. The potential policy implications of these findings are discussed.
Keller, Alexander Conrad, "Parents and peers: Assessing the impact of same-sex parent-adolescent and same-sex peer-adolescent associations on teen delinquency" (2008). Master's Theses and Capstones. 90.