Delinquency in Three Cultures

By Carl M. Rosenquist; Edwin I. Megargee | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 14
RÉSUMÉ OF THE FINDINGS

The reader who has patiently followed us in our microscopic examination of the data may now find himself too overburdened with details to make much sense of the results. Before attempting to integrate the data or draw any general conclusions, it would be best to briefly review the significant findings for each ethnic sample in a more macroscopic fashion.


Anglos

SOCIOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION

The sociological investigation indicated that there was more marital instability among the families of the delinquents than among the families of the nondelinquents. The delinquents' parents were significantly more likely to have been divorced (p〈.001), and the delinquents showed a strong tendency to be less likely to live with both natural parents (p〈.06).1

The sibling patterns that differentiated the Anglo delinquents and nondelinquents differed from those found to characterize the other two samples. The Anglo delinquents had significantly more siblings than did the Anglo nondelinquents (p〈.001). However, there was no difference in birth order between the two groups.

The data regarding church attendance showed that the Anglo delinquents attended church significantly less regularly than did the

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All p levels reported in this chapter are two tail.

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