Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 25–37 | Cite as

Female Juvenile Violent Behavior: Bonding Systems and Other Mediating Constructs

  • Chie Noyori-Corbett
  • Yasoda Sharma


The purpose of this research was to examine a conceptual/theoretical model with negative (substance use) and positive (extracurricular activities) mediating factors between several bonding systems and violent behavior among female youth. Since much of the prior researches have focused on both males and females therefore this study is focusing on females only. Data from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health was used for this study. For the purpose of this study female research participants between the age of 12–17 were selected (N = 9383). At the stage of bivariate analysis, parental bonding system was omitted from a model before moving onto a structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis as most of the correlations between indicators of parental bonding systems and dependent variables were not significant. Revised model with two bonding systems on violent behavior through two mediating constructs, extracurricular activities and substance use were tested through the SEM and Sobel test analyses. This structural model specifies a satisfactory fit with the sample. Several mediating effects within this model, which help lower the occurrence of violent behavior, were also validated.


Juvenile delinquency Violent behavior Female youth Bonding systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social WorkUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.Department of Social WorkKutztown University of PennsylvaniaKutztownUSA

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