To investigate the relationship of young fatherhood to delinquency, in terms of precursors and impact of becoming a father on delinquency.
The sample consisted of 506 inner-city adolescent males from public schools who were part of a longitudinal study.
The independent variables included participants'behaviors, attitudes, demographics, family, peers, and school performance.
Young fathers were defined as having become fathers before age 19 years.
Odds ratios were calculated, followed by two stepwise logistic regressions.
For comparison with matched controls, fathers (n=62) were matched with nonfathers on age, race, and neighborhood.
The prevalence of young fatherhood was 12.3%. Fathers were more than twice as likely to be delinquent than nonfathers.
The factors related to young fatherhood were a subset of those for delinquency.
In the stepwise logistic regressions, several factors were uniquely related to either delinquency or young fatherhood.
Delinquency did not decrease after becoming a father.
Young fathers tended to commit more covert-type delinquent acts than their controls.
The results indicate that a single theory of problem behavior cannot adequately account for the association between young fatherhood and delinquency.
Mots-clés Pascal : Délinquance juvénile, Père, Adolescent, Homme, Mâle, Comportement paternel, Epidémiologie, Pennsylvanie, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Santé mentale, Trouble comportement social
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Juvenile delinquency, Father, Adolescent, Human, Male, Paternal behavior, Epidemiology, Pennsylvania, United States, North America, America, Mental health, Social behavior disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0100494
Code Inist : 002B18C04. Création : 22/06/1998.