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Mean Streets: The Theoretical Significance of Situational Delinquency among Homeless Youths

McCarthy B, Hagan J ...see all

American Journal of Sociology, vol. 98, issue 3 (1992) pp. 597-627

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Self-report data obtained in 1987 from 390 youths in Toronto, Ontario on the street & in school are used to test an integration of strain & control theories that incorporates background & situational factors. After background & street exposure variables are controlled, & after school & street samples are combined, there is consistent evidence of the effects of adverse situational conditions: hunger causes theft of food, problems of hunger & shelter lead to serious theft, & problems of unemployment & shelter produce prostitution. These findings enhance theoretical understanding of street life & crime. 7 Tables, 62 References. Adapted from the source document.

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  • 1987 self-report data
  • Crime
  • Homelessness
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Situation
  • Social Background
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • situational delinquency, shelter/food needs-crime
  • youth, Toronto, Ontario

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  • Bill McCarthy

  • John Hagan

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