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Bill McCarthy, John Hagan, and Todd S Woodward (1999)

In the Company of Women: Structure and Agency in a Revised Power-Control Theory of Gender and Delinquency

Criminology, 37(4):761--788.

A power-control theory of the gender-delinquency relationship draws attention to differences in familial control practices. Here, this theory is extended to address how parental agency & support for dominant attitudes or schemas influence male as well as female delinquency. This extension emphasizes that differences in structure, particularly between more & less patriarchal households, result in different family practices, especially for mothers & sons. Data obtained via a self-report instrument from 562 youths in Toronto, Ontario, indicate that variation in mothers' agency in the home affects their sons' support of conventional views, in particular, attitudes about the gendered nature of activities, risk preferences, & beliefs about impunity, as well as their involvement in delinquent activities. Thus, the agency of mothers in less patriarchal families is an underappreciated source of reduced delinquency among sons. 6 Tables, 1 Figure, 39 References. Adapted from the source document.

Toronto, Ontario, Causality, *Family Structure, *Childrearing Practices, *Mothers, *Sex, *Family Relations, *Family Power, *Parent Child Relations, *Juvenile Delinquency, *Sons, article, 2151: social problems and social welfare; juvenile delinquency
SubjectsTermNotLitGenreText - *Sex; *Juvenile Delinquency; *Family Relations; *Parent Child Relations; *Childrearing Practices; *Mothers; *Sons; *Family Power; *Family Structure; Causality; Toronto, Ontario

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