Linda Robyn

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Paul Friday

Second Advisor

Dr. Subhash Sonnad

Third Advisor

Dr. Tom VanValey

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This is part of an international pilot study on juvenile delinquency in the U. S. and six European countries. Research questions were designed based on using Hirschi’s (1969) theory of Social Control as a guide. Among the questions to be studied are the relationships between delinquency and single- and two-parent homes, participation in organized sports, and acts committed alone or with others. Interviews were conducted with 100 youths from 14- to 18-years of age. The population consisted of past and present students from junior high and high school in a mid-western city. The data were stratified into census tracts and a random sample selection was made from each of the census tracts. Tests of association and PRE measures were used in analysis of the data. Findings show a statistically significant relationship at the .05 level between delinquency and the three independent variables.

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