American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 436–449 | Cite as

Self-Control and Racial Disparities in Delinquency: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach

  • EmmaLeigh E. Kirchner
  • George E. HigginsEmail author


The purpose of the present study is to examine the racial disparities of offending within the context of self-control theory. The study utilized data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79), to examine this effect. All concepts within self-control theory are examined: parental management, low self-control, and delinquency. Results from the study show partial support for Gottfredson and Hirschi’s (1990) self-control theory. The structure of the theory remained stable when controlling for both race, as well as peer pressure. Both theoretical and policy implications are given.


Race Self-control theory Structural equation modeling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CriminologyIndiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Justice AdministrationUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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