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School variation in offending: A macro-level strain approach
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2018 (English)In: European Journal of Criminology, ISSN 1477-3708, E-ISSN 1741-2609Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study employs Macro-level Strain Theory (MST) as a framework to provide a better understanding of the way in which the structural and social context of Stockholm schools covaries with self-reported violent and general offending. The findings contribute to the literature in this area by directing a special focus at the interplay between the theory’s macro-level components and some individual-level mechanisms that may be assumed to condition the effect of strain on offending. Using multi-level data on 5274 students nested in 90 schools in the City of Stockholm, the study notes significant contextual effects of anger and life dissatisfaction on offending. School-level deprivation appears to have a confounding effect on the relationship between school-contextual negative affect and offending. Further, school-contextual anger influences some individuals more than others. Implications of these findings are discussed.

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2018.
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Delinquency, deprivation, MST, multi-level analysis, school context, strain
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Criminology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162372DOI: 10.1177/1477370818819729OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-162372DiVA, id: diva2:1266120
Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2019-07-14

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