School Activities, Community Service, and Delinquency
community involvement, delinquency, education, school, minority
A common observation is that lack of involvement in communities is linked to a host of social problems, including delinquency. In response to this observation, youth are increasingly encouraged to volunteer for community service projects. Involvement in school activities is also seen as a way to attenuate delinquency. Yet little research has examined the simultaneous and unique impact of school involvement and community activities on delinquency. Using linked individual-level and school-level data, the authors investigate the impact of school and community activities on delinquency. The results indicate that community activities are related negatively to delinquency, espe- cially in schools that are perceived as unsafe. However, race/ethnicity and percentage of minority students in the school condition the impact of school activities on delinquent behavior. In high-minority schools, African American students who participate in school activities are involved in more delinquent behavior, yet those in low-minority schools are less involved in delinquent behavior.
Original Publication Citation
Hoffmann, John P., and Jiangmin Xu. 2002. “School Activities, Community Service, and Delinquency.” Crime & Delinquency 48(4): 568-591.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hoffmann, John P. and Xu, Jiangmin, "School Activities, Community Service, and Delinquency" (2002). Faculty Publications. 3926.
Crime & Delinquency
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
© 2002 Sage Publications
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