Abstracts

Ramsey, E., Bank, L., Patterson, G. R., & Walker, H. M. (1990). From Home to School to Juvenile Court: A Social Interactional Model of the Path to Delinquency . Eugene: University of Oregon. 

Abstract

The general hypothesis tested in this study was that the effect of inept parenting practices in the home would generalize to increased risk for antisocial behaviors occurring in the school setting. A sample of 80 families was used to test this hypothesis. The database was sufficient to provide hetero-method-agent indicators for two parental practice constructs, discipline and monitoring, assessed when the boys were in the fourth grade. A year later, school records, teacher ratings, and observation data provided a set of five indicators that defined school antisocial. The second prediction was that the school antisocial construct would predict delinquent behavior measured two years later, when the boys were in the 7th grade. This construct was defined by court records and youth self-report data. Structural equation modeling was used to test both hypotheses simultaneously. The findings offered strong support for the assumption that parenting practices set in motion a process that leads to disruption in the school setting and, eventually, to delinquent acts.