Juvenile Delinquency and Anger

By: Hagan, John, and Holly Foster

Using data from the 1995 National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, these researchers find that adolescents living in two-biological-parent families had lower levels of delinquency than adolescents from other family structures.  They also reported lower levels of anger, which the authors cite as one of the sources of violently delinquent behavior both in the present and later in life.

S/He’s a rebel: Toward a sequential stress theory of delinquency and gendered pathways to disadvantage in emerging adulthood. Social Forces 82 (1): 53-86.