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Social Support and Anomie: A Multilevel Analysis of Anomie in Europe and North America
Liqun Cao1; Ruohui Zhao2; Ling Ren3; Jihong "Solomon" Zhao3
2009
Source PublicationINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY AND COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY
ISSN0306-624X
Volume54Issue:4Pages:625-639
Abstract

On the basis of the reasoning of social support theory, the authors examine the macro effect of social support on anomie at the individual level. Data from international surveys have documented wide variation in anomie across nations, but to what extent this variation among nations can be contributed to structural characteristics has not been explored before. Using hierarchical linear modeling techniques to sort out the effects of structural context and personal characteristics on anomie across 31 European and North American nations, the authors test the hypothesis that variation in social support at the national level is inversely related to individuals’ sense of anomie. The study results support the hypothesis that structural characteristics of a nation, such as social support and population growth, influence individuals’ sense of anomie. At the individual level, the results are consistent with Merton’s predictions about anomie and the reasoning of social support theory. Policy implication is discussed within the limitations of data.

KeywordAnomie, Cross-national Data, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Social Support
DOI10.1177/0306624X09334218
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaCriminology & Penology ; Psychology
WOS SubjectCriminology & Penology ; Psychology, Applied
WOS IDWOS:000280408100011
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS INC, 2455 TELLER RD, THOUSAND OAKS, CA 91320 USA
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
Affiliation1.University of Ontario Institute of Technology
2.Sam Houston State University
3.University of Macau
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Liqun Cao,Ruohui Zhao,Ling Ren,et al. Social Support and Anomie: A Multilevel Analysis of Anomie in Europe and North America[J]. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY AND COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY,2009,54(4):625-639.
APA Liqun Cao,Ruohui Zhao,Ling Ren,&Jihong "Solomon" Zhao.(2009).Social Support and Anomie: A Multilevel Analysis of Anomie in Europe and North America.INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY AND COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY,54(4),625-639.
MLA Liqun Cao,et al."Social Support and Anomie: A Multilevel Analysis of Anomie in Europe and North America".INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY AND COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY 54.4(2009):625-639.
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