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URN etd-0623108-145522
Author Shu-hua Wu
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Department Interdisciplinary Studies
Year 2007
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language zh-TW.Big5 Chinese
Title The Influence of Rational Choice on Juvenile Delinquency: Social Bond as Mediator and Demographic Characteristics as Moderator
Date of Defense 2008-06-03
Page Count 105
Keyword
  • juvenile delinquency
  • social bond
  • rational choice
  • Abstract The rational choice theory provides good explanations of the factors on juvenile delinquency: the decision-making mechanism of delinquency is as same as the other activities, is based on the rationality. Juveniles will increase the probability of delinquency if the expected utility exceeds the expected cost; oppositely, they will reduce the probability of delinquency if the expected cost exceeds the expected utility. This proposed research from the perspective of rational choice is to study the influence between juveniles’ individual rationality and delinquency and intend to provide the reasonable explanation to provide the reasonable explanation to juvenile delinquency. But besides individual rational choice factor, the degree of social bond will also have the influence to juvenile delinquency, therefore this research will also simultaneously discuss the mediate effects of the society bonds to the rational choice and juvenile delinquency. Our results suggest that the rational choice (perception of risks and self-imposed costs) and the social bonds (attachment and belief) are negatively related to juvenile delinquency. The society bonds (attachment and belief) could mediate the effects of the rational choice and juvenile delinquency. The interaction between demographic characteristics and rational choice has few effect on juvenile delinquency.
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    Date of Submission 2008-06-23

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