Arab youth involvement in delinquency and political violence and parental control: The mediating role of religiosity

Mona Khoury-Kassabri*, Nabieh Khoury, Rabab Ali

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Abstract

This study examines the involvement of Arab youth at risk from East Jerusalem in delinquent behaviors, such as crimes against a person, public disorder offenses, and political violence. The contribution of religiosity and parental control factors in explaining these different types of youth involvement in illegal behaviors is assessed. A total of 161 young males, aged 15-21, participated in the study. We found that the greater the parental control and the more religious the adolescent, the less likely they are to engage in delinquent behaviors and political violence. The relationship between parental control and youth involvement in delinquency and political violence was mediated by youth level of religiosity, after controlling for age and family socioeconomic status.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)576-585
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume85
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2015

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Keywords

  • Islam
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Parental control
  • Political violence
  • Religiosity

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