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