The Code of the Street Fights Back! Significant Associations with Arrest, Delinquency, and Violence Withstand Psychological Confound

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2020-01-01
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Burgason, Kyle
Kusow, Abdi
DeLisi, Matt
Heirigs, Mark
Kusow, Abdi
Erickson, Jacob
Vaughn, Michael
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Since Anderson’s now classic, Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City, an increasing number of researchers have found a significant association between the code of the street and antisocial behavior. Less researched, however, is the relationship between the code of the street and cognate psychological factors. Building on the hypothesis that the code of the street is simply a reflection of elements of the population who exhibit antisocial traits, our aim in this study is to empirically test whether the observed association between the code of the street and antisocial behavior can withstand psychological confounds among a sample of institutionalized juvenile delinquents. Negative binomial regression models show that the code of the street remained a significant predictor of antisocial behavior despite the specification of psychopathy and temperamental traits and other controls. Moreover, as theorized, differential effects were found for African American delinquents compared to non-African American delinquents. We discuss theoretical and practical implications.

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This article is published as Burgason, Kyle A., Matt DeLisi, Mark H. Heirigs, Abdi Kusow, Jacob H. Erickson, and Michael G. Vaughn. "The Code of the Street Fights Back! Significant Associations with Arrest, Delinquency, and Violence Withstand Psychological Confounds." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 7 (2020): 2432. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17072432.

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