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Strain, Negative Emotions, and Deviant Coping Among African Americans: A Test of General Strain Theory
Although previous research on Agnew's (1992) general strain theory (GST) tends to yield significant effects of strain on negative emotions as well as deviance and crime, results tend to be mixed withExpand
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A Systematic Review of the Religiosity and Delinquency Literature
The influence of religion on delinquency has been debated for more than 30 years, and yet, there remains a lack of consensus about the nature of this relationship. In an effort to bring some clarityExpand
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Objective Hope: Assessing the Effectiveness of Faith-Based Organizations: A Review of the Literature
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Does Adolescent Religious Commitment Matter? A Reexamination of the Effects of Religiosity on Delinquency
This study reexamines the relevance of religiosity to the etiology of delinquency, given the inconsistent and inconclusive evidence found in the literature. Like previous researchers, the authorsExpand
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Religious programs and recidivism among former inmates in Prison Fellowship programs: A long-term follow-up study
In the mid-1990s, Prison Fellowship (PF), a nonprofit religious ministry to prisoners, commissioned a study to determine the relationship, if any, between religious programming and recidivism.Expand
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Religious programs, institutional adjustment, and recidivism among former inmates in prison fellowship programs
This study examines the impact of religious programs on institutional adjustment and recidivism rates in two matched groups of inmates from four adult male prisons in New York State. One group hadExpand
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The ‘Invisible Institution’ and Black Youth Crime: The Church as an Agency of Local Social Control
We examine the degree to which an individual's religious involvement significantly mediates and buffers the effects of neighborhood disorder on youth crime. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed theExpand
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Religious Involvement and Dynamics of Marijuana Use: Initiation, Persistence, and Desistence
Studies that examine the effects of adolescent religiosity on the initiation of, persistence in, and desistence from delinquency are rare. Yet, religion may differentially affect dimensions ofExpand
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Escaping from the crime of inner cities: Church attendance and religious salience among disadvantaged youth
With the theoretical backdrop of social disorganization and “resilient youth” perspectives, we hypothesize that individual religiosity is protective in helping at-risk youths such as those living inExpand
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Religiosity and Institutional Deviance: The impact of Religious Variables upon Inmate Adjustment
A number of studies in recent years have examined the extent to which religious commitment is related to deviance. Generally, this literature indicates that religiosity is inversely related toExpand
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