A Multi-Informant Study of the Role of Household Disorder in Low Self-Control

Dylan B. Jackson, Michael G. Vaughn

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The current study expands upon Gottfredson and Hirschi’s (1990) General Theory of Crime by examining associations between multiple forms of household disorder and low self-control, as well as the potential for attenuated informal social controls within the home to account for these associations. Multi-informant data from the Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) are employed in the present study. Multiple regression-based techniques (e.g., negative binomial regression, logistic regression) are executed in a stepwise fashion to address our research questions. The findings indicate that one form of household disorder in particular, Household Health/Safety Hazards, yielded significant associations with low self-control across multiple model specifications. Informal social control exerted by parents within the home did not appear to explain this relationship. Future research should consider the possibility that certain forms of disorder in the immediate ecological context of the home may attenuate self-control and should explore other potential explanations of the findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1977-1996
Number of pages20
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 1

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Funding Information:
AuthorS’ note: The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers and the editorial office at Criminal Justice & Behavior for their insightful and constructive feedback on this article. No external funding was received for this article. All authors indicate that they have no financial relationship relevant to this article to disclose. All authors indicate that they have no potential conflicts of interest to disclose. The data in this study come from the Fragile Families Study. The Fragile Families Study was funded by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD (#R01HD36916) and a consortium of private foundations. Persons interested in obtaining Fragile Families contract data should see http://www.fragilefamilies.princeton.edu for further information. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Dylan B. Jackson, Department of Criminal Justice, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 501 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78207; e-mail: dylan.jackson@utsa.edu.

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© 2018 International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law


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