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Social Attachment and Juvenile Attitudes toward the Police in China: Bridging Eastern and Western Wisdom
Hongwei Zhang1; Ruohui Zhao2; Jihong Solomon Zhao3; Ling Ren3
2014-06-04
Source PublicationJournal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
ISSN0022-4278
Volume51Issue:6Pages:703-734
Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this study is to examine the correlates of juvenile attitudes toward the police in the Chinese setting. It borrows from the prevailing criminological wisdom developed in the West and Confucian philosophical doctrines to shed light on how attachment to social institutions helps explain variation in juvenile sentiments of the police. 

Method: The data were collected from a sample of 2,679 high school students in a southwestern Chinese city. A second-order latent variable labeled social attachment is constructed and comprised of three lower order factors representing family attachment, neighborhood attachment, and school attachment. Traditional demographic background, victimization, and contact with the policevariables commonly used in U.S. studies are included in the analysis. Structural equation modeling is employed to test hypothesized relationships among explanatory variables and juvenile attitudes toward the police. 

Results: The findings suggest that the higher order factor social attachment is the most robust predictor of juvenile evaluations of thepolice in China. Other commonly used demographic, socioeconomic, and police contact factors show limited utility. 

Conclusion: The findings lend support to propositions derived from the Western criminological theories and the eastern philosophical doctrine to a major extent. Both confirmations of expected findings and noteworthy surprises are discussed.

KeywordJuvenile Attitudes Toward The Police Social Attachment China
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0022427814538034
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaCriminology & Penology
WOS SubjectCriminology & Penology
WOS IDWOS:000343974800001
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorHongwei Zhang
Affiliation1.School of Law, Guangxi University, Nanning, People’s Republic of China
2.Department of Sociology, University of Macau, Macau, China
3.College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, USA
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Hongwei Zhang,Ruohui Zhao,Jihong Solomon Zhao,et al. Social Attachment and Juvenile Attitudes toward the Police in China: Bridging Eastern and Western Wisdom[J]. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency,2014,51(6):703-734.
APA Hongwei Zhang,Ruohui Zhao,Jihong Solomon Zhao,&Ling Ren.(2014).Social Attachment and Juvenile Attitudes toward the Police in China: Bridging Eastern and Western Wisdom.Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency,51(6),703-734.
MLA Hongwei Zhang,et al."Social Attachment and Juvenile Attitudes toward the Police in China: Bridging Eastern and Western Wisdom".Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 51.6(2014):703-734.
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