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Bill McCarthy and John Hagan (1992)

Mean Streets: The Theoretical Significance of Situational Delinquency among Homeless Youths

American Journal of Sociology, 98(3):597--627.

Self-report data obtained in 1987 from 390 youths in Toronto, Ontario on the street & in school are used to test an integration of strain & control theories that incorporates background & situational factors. After background & street exposure variables are controlled, & after school & street samples are combined, there is consistent evidence of the effects of adverse situational conditions: hunger causes theft of food, problems of hunger & shelter lead to serious theft, & problems of unemployment & shelter produce prostitution. These findings enhance theoretical understanding of street life & crime. 7 Tables, 62 References. Adapted from the source document.

situational delinquency, shelter/food needs-crime relationship, 1987 self-report data, youth, Toronto, Ontario, *Situation, *Toronto, Ontario, *Crime, *Juvenile Delinquency, *Homelessness, *Social Background, article, 2151: social problems and social welfare; juvenile delinquency, 2793: studies in poverty; homelessness
SubjectsTermNotLitGenreText - *Juvenile Delinquency; *Homelessness; *Toronto, Ontario; *Crime; *Situation; *Social Background

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