Keeping delinquency at bay: the role of the school context for impulsive and sensation-seeking adolescents
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Criminology, ISSN 1477-3708, E-ISSN 1741-2609, Vol. 11, no 6, 682-701 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Previous research shows that a disadvantaged school setting is associated with increased risk of adolescent delinquency. However, there is limited research on individual differences in such contextual effects. In this study, we investigated whether the association between impulsive and sensation-seeking traits and delinquency is modified by the school setting, focusing on schoolsâ€™ socioeconomic and ethnic composition and average school performance. We also examined whether the association between gender and delinquency varies by school context. Participants were adolescents in ninth grade from the Stockholm School Survey (5619 pupils in 89 schools). The findings showed an attenuating effect of school advantage on adolescentsâ€™ individual risk of delinquency. Impulsive and sensation-seeking adolescents, and boys in particular, committed less crime if they attended more advantaged schools.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 11, no 6, 682-701 p.
Contextual effects, delinquency, gender differences, impulsivity and sensation-seeking, school
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96278DOI: 10.1177/1477370813512584ISI: 000343973500002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-96278DiVA: diva2:664979