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Social Isolation, Strain, and Youth Violence
Niño,Michael1; Ignatow,Gabe2; Cai,Tianji3
Source PublicationYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice
ISSN15569330 15412040

This article examines the relationship between types of social isolation and violent delinquency. Deriving hypotheses from elements of general strain theory, we test whether the isolation–violence relationship varies across different types of isolated youth when compared to sociable youth. We also test whether other negative experiences and circumstances (types of social strain) associated with adolescence moderate the relationship between isolation types and violent delinquency. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we find that different types of social isolation had varying effects on violent delinquency. Socially disinterested youth show a greater capacity for violent behavior, but other types of marginalized youth showed no difference in violence when compared to sociable youth. Results also demonstrate that some types of strain moderate the isolation–violence relationship. The implications of these findings for research on peer relations, adolescent strain, and violence are discussed.

KeywordGeneral Strain Theory Peer Networks Social Isolation Violence
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WOS Research AreaCriminology & Penology
WOS SubjectCriminology & Penology
WOS IDWOS:000403652500005
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Corresponding AuthorNiño,Michael
Affiliation1.Willamette University,Salem,United States
2.University of North Texas,Denton,United States
3.University of Macau,Macau,Macao
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Niño,Michael,Ignatow,Gabe,Cai,Tianji. Social Isolation, Strain, and Youth Violence[J]. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice,2019,15(3):299-313.
APA Niño,Michael,Ignatow,Gabe,&Cai,Tianji.(2019).Social Isolation, Strain, and Youth Violence.Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice,15(3),299-313.
MLA Niño,Michael,et al."Social Isolation, Strain, and Youth Violence".Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice 15.3(2019):299-313.
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