Schools and child antisocial behavior : in search for mediator effects of school-level disadvantage

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Schools and child antisocial behavior : in search for mediator effects of school-level disadvantage
Author(s) Pauwels, Lieven ; Svensson, Robert
Date 2015
English abstract
Contextual research on delinquency is primarily based on the idea that residential areas provide a major ecological setting that (indirectly) shapes observed differences in delinquency. Just like neighborhoods, schools differ in terms of their level of structural characteristics such as the concentration of immigrant children and children from disrupted families. Such characteristics may also shape delinquency. The present study aims to test the relationship between structural characteristics of schools and child antisocial behavior, using a sample of elementary school children (N = 779, aged 10-12 years in the urban context of Ghent, Belgium). This study found that the concentration of children from disrupted families has an independent effect on child delinquency, independent of social bonds, moral cognitions, and moral emotions. The contextual effect is fully mediated by exposure to peer delinquency.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2158244015592936 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue Sage Open;2
Volume 5
ISSN 2158-2440
Pages 1-13
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19367 (link to this page)

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