Social control theory and the connection with ideological offenders among Israeli youth during the Gaza disengagement period

  • Shechory M
  • Laufer A
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Abstract

The present study examined whether social control theory is capable of explaining youth's law violations in instances of conflict between the ideological religious worldview and the laws of the country in which they reside. Differences in the control factors (commitment, belief, attachment, and involvement) were examined among Israeli adolescents who took part in legal activity (n=163) and illegal activity (n=99) during the resistance to the Gaza evacuation. The findings indicate that the model provides a partial explanation for ideological delinquency. It was found that involvement with friends and the absence of belief in the formal legal system were associated with illegal ideology activity. Attachment to friends and parents and involvement with parents had no effect on youth's participation in illegal ideological activities.

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  • Gaza disengagement
  • Ideological delinquency
  • Israeli youth
  • Social control theory

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Authors

  • Mally Shechory

  • Avital Laufer

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