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

by Bill McCarthy, John Hagan
American Journal of Sociology ()
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Abstract

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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