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Title: Adolescent Dating Experience and Delinquency
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1. Kim, Ryang Hui
Adolescent Dating Experience and Delinquency
Ph.D. Dissertation, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, State University of New York, 2011
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)
Keyword(s): Adolescent Behavior; Dating; Delinquency/Gang Activity; Modeling, Fixed Effects; Social Influences

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The research literature on adolescent development has discussed adolescent dating in relation to behavioral changes. However, very little discussion has been devoted to theoretical explanations of the intricacies involved in the relationship between the adolescent dating experience and the development of delinquent behavior. Consequently, there seems to be a lack of understanding as to how dating activities in adolescence influence delinquency, aside from a general consensus that adolescent dating tends to be related to deviant behavior.

This dissertation, therefore, aims to add to the current knowledge about the development of adolescent behavior by examining the impact of dating on delinquency from different theoretical perspectives. In particular, I draw upon the social learning and social control perspectives to explore the theoretical influence of dating behavior. While dating can be seen from these perspectives as a criminogenic factor, it may well become normative behavior at later ages and may provide a positive influence on one's behavior by offering intimacy. The relationship between adolescent dating and delinquency can be more complicated when it is viewed from developmental perspectives because of the potential impact of maturation. Consequently, this study will focus on the following empirical questions. Does the influence of adolescent dating on delinquent behavior operate through social learning and control factors? Does the stability of dating relationships matter? Is the impact of dating age-sensitive?

This study uses the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 to investigate these research questions. Logistic regression and fixed-effects modeling are used to test proposed hypotheses.

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Kim, Ryang Hui. Adolescent Dating Experience and Delinquency. Ph.D. Dissertation, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, State University of New York, 2011.