Revisiting Delinquent Attitudes: Measurement, Dimensionality and Behavioral Effects

This study examines whether single-item attitude measures commonly used in research adequately capture adolescent attitudes towards specific delinquent behaviors. It also explores whether delinquent attitudes form a unidimensional or multidimensional construct. Finally, this study tests Ajzen and Fi...

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Published in:Journal of quantitative criminology
Main Author: Thomas, Kyle J. (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2018
In:Journal of quantitative criminology
Year: 2018, Volume: 34, Issue: 1, Pages: 313-341
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:This study examines whether single-item attitude measures commonly used in research adequately capture adolescent attitudes towards specific delinquent behaviors. It also explores whether delinquent attitudes form a unidimensional or multidimensional construct. Finally, this study tests Ajzen and Fishbein's principle of compatibility to determine if delinquent attitudes have a behavior-specific and a situation-specific effect on behavior.
ISSN:1573-7799
DOI:10.1007/s10940-016-9336-3