delinquent behavior, religiosity, adolescence, childhood
The first section of this chapter reviews evidence showing that although greater religiosity has been associated with less involvement in delinquent and analogous behaviors, the mechanisms and processes through which religiosity is linked too delinquent behavior are not well understood. In the second section of the chapter, a conceptual framework and theory for studying the religion-delinquency association will be presented. The framework adapts and builds on Gottfredson and Hirschi's (1990) General Theory of Crime. The third section of the chapter presents results off the initial study guided by the framework. Data are drawn from a longitudinal study of development during the transition of middle childhood to adolescence. Participants (n = 181) completed standard self-reported assessments. Results provide initial evidence the the link between religiosity and delinquent behavior problems can be explained by the reduced opportunities and dispositions to engage in delinquent behavior more common among highly religious than less highly religious adolescents.
Original Publication Citation
Laird, R. D., *Marrero, M. D., & Marks, L. D. (2009). Adolescent religiosity as a protective factor for delinquency: Review of evidence and a conceptual framework for future research. In O. Sahin & J. Maier (Eds.), Delinquency: Causes, reduction, and prevention (pp. 157-176). Hauppage, NY: Nova Science.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Laird, Robert D.; Marrero, Matthew D.; and Marks, Loren D., "Adolescent Religiosity as a Protective Factor for Delinquency: Review of Evidence and a Conceptual Framework for Future Research" (2009). Faculty Publications. 4909.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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