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1. Collier, Nicole Louise
Delinquent by the Dozen: Reexamining the Relationship between Family Size and Offending
Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, The Florida State University, 2020
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)
Keyword(s): Delinquency/Gang Activity; Family Size; Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study; National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (AddHealth)

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This dissertation contributes to scholarship on families and offending and, more specifically, family size and delinquency, in several ways. It examines the nature of the relationship between family size and delinquency by identifying whether the pattern is positive or negative, significant or nonsignificant, and linear or nonlinear. Multiple indicators of family size are also examined to explore heterogeneity in offending depending on sibling relatedness. To check consistency in the relationship, these patterns are examined across several datasets. This dissertation also explores theoretical pathways that help to explain the family size-delinquency relationship. Specifically, social control and strain measures are tested as mediating mechanisms.

Data for this dissertation come from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. These data have several attributes that make them ideal for this study: they include, for example, large adolescent populations, males and females, and, importantly, comprehensive measures of family size, delinquency, and controls.

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Collier, Nicole Louise. Delinquent by the Dozen: Reexamining the Relationship between Family Size and Offending. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, The Florida State University, 2020.