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Moving in and out of poverty: The within-individual association between socioeconomic status and juvenile delinquency

Rekker, R and Pardini, D and Keijsers, L and Branje, S and Loeber, R and Meeus, W (2015) Moving in and out of poverty: The within-individual association between socioeconomic status and juvenile delinquency. PLoS ONE, 10 (11).

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Abstract

© 2015 Rekker et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. A family's SES can be changeable over time. This study was the first to investigate if such within-individual changes in family SES are associated with parallel fluctuations in boys' delinquent behavior from childhood to adolescence. Participants were a community sample of boys and their caregivers (N = 503) who were assessed annually for ten consecutive years spanning ages 7-18. Fixed effects models revealed that changes in familial SES were related to changes in delinquency: Youths were more likely to offend during years in which their parents' SES was lower than during years in which their parents' SES was higher. Contrary to expectations, we found no evidence that this association was accounted for by families moving to different neighborhoods or by changes in parenting. Since withinindividual models provide a stricter test of causality than between-individual models, these findings support claims that impacting familial SES may have a direct effect on youths' delinquency. Copyright:


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Rekker, R
Pardini, D
Keijsers, L
Branje, S
Loeber, Rrloe@pitt.eduRLOE
Meeus, W
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
EditorBammann, KarinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 1 November 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: PLoS ONE
Volume: 10
Number: 11
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136461
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 14:45
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 15:57
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/28363

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