Effects of Hurricane Katrina and other adverse life events on adolescent female offenders: a test of general strain theory

Robertson, Angela R., Stein, Judith A. and Schaefer-Rohleder, Lacey (2010) Effects of Hurricane Katrina and other adverse life events on adolescent female offenders: a test of general strain theory. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 47 4: 469-495. doi:10.1177/0022427810375577


Author Robertson, Angela R.
Stein, Judith A.
Schaefer-Rohleder, Lacey
Title Effects of Hurricane Katrina and other adverse life events on adolescent female offenders: a test of general strain theory
Journal name Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4278
1552-731X
Publication date 2010-08-27
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0022427810375577
Volume 47
Issue 4
Start page 469
End page 495
Total pages 27
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Abstract This study tested Agnew's General Strain Theory (GST) by examining the roles of anger, anxiety, and maladaptive coping in mediating the relationship between strain and three outcomes (serious delinquency, minor delinquency, and continued involvement in the juvenile justice system) among adolescent female offenders (N = 261). Strains consisted of adverse life events and exposure to Hurricane Katrina. Greater exposure to Hurricane Katrina was directly related to serious delinquency and maladaptive coping. Hurricane Katrina also had an indirect effect on minor delinquency and Post- Katrina juvenile justice involvement mediated through maladaptive coping. Adverse life events were associated with increased anger, anxiety, and maladaptive coping. Anger mediated the relationship between adverse life events and serious delinquency. Anxiety mediated the relationship between adverse life events and minor delinquency. Maladaptive coping strategies were associated with minor delinquency and juvenile justice involvement. Findings lend support to GST.
Keyword Female juvenile offenders
General Strain Theory
Hurricane Katrina
Maladaptive coping
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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