Relative Deprivation, Juvenile Delinquency, Agnew, General Strain Theory, National Youth Survey
This study examines the impact of relative deprivation on juvenile delinquency. Though this topic has been explored by several researchers, there has not been much consistency in the research due to the operationalization of key variables. Traditionally, relative deprivation has been referenced in relation to Merton's Classic Strain Theory, using economic indicators to measure relative deprivation. Webber and Runciman however, expanded upon Merton's original premise and integrated more diverse measures of relative deprivation into their research. The current study utilizes Agnew's General Strain Theory (GST) as a means to measure relative deprivation as a broader and more subjective topic. This unique approach in the study of relative deprivation utilizes aspirations as a primary measure of relative deprivation.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Horne, Adrienne, "The Effect Of Relative Deprivation On Delinquency: An Assessment Of Juveniles" (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4132.