This research was partially funded by a small grant from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. We thank Michael Woodruff and Ethel Garrity for their assistance. We also want to thank the Editor and anonymous reviewers for their challenging and helpful comments.
JUVENILE INVOLVEMENT IN OCCUPATIONAL DELINQUENCY*
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Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 863–896, August 2000
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WRIGHT, J. P. and CULLEN, F. T. (2000), JUVENILE INVOLVEMENT IN OCCUPATIONAL DELINQUENCY. Criminology, 38: 863–896. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2000.tb00909.x
John Paul Wright is Assistant Professor in the Division of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati. His current research interest focuses on life-course development of criminal behavior and transitions away from crime. He has published several articles examining the influence of employment on illegal and imprudent behavior.
Francis T. Cullen is Distinguished Research Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati. He is the author of Rethinking Crime and Deviance Theory, and coauthor of Reaffirming Rehabilitation, Corporate Crime Under Attack, Criminological Theory, and Criminology.
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Although concern with white-collar crime has grown considerably in recent years, little research has been undertaken on the workplace misconduct of juveniles. This omission is noteworthy because of the extensive involvement of youths in the labor market. Accordingly, based on a sample of high school seniors, we explored the determinants of youths' occupational delinquency. The analysis revealed that work-related delinquency is affected both by underlying criminal propensities and by contact with delinquent coworkers on the job. It also appears that delinquent youths are selected into negative work environments in which they come into contact with fellow delinquents—an interaction effect that amplifies their occupational delinquency. Finally, the data suggest that associating with delinquent coworkers affects misbehavior not only within, but also outside the workplace. The theoretical implications of these findings are explored.