Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 20, Issue 6, pp 645–664

Parenting factors, social skills, and value commitments as precursors to school failure, involvement with deviant peers, and delinquent behavior

  • Ronald L. Simons
  • Les B. Whitbeck
  • Rand D. Conger
  • Katherine J. Conger


Elements of social control theory were combined with social learning theory to construct a model of delinquency which specifies the manner in which parenting factors, social skills, value commitments, and problems in school contribute to association with deviant peers and involvement in delinquent behavior. The model was tested using a sample of 61 families, each of which included a seventh grader. Questionnaire responses and coded videotaped family interaction were employed as measures of study constructs. The results largely supported the proposed model.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald L. Simons
    • 1
  • Les B. Whitbeck
    • 1
  • Rand D. Conger
    • 1
  • Katherine J. Conger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyIowa State UniversityAmes
  2. 2.Department of Child Development and Family EnvironmentIowa State UniversityAmes

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