Social control, delinquency, and victimization among Kibbutz adolescents

Ben Zion Cohen, Ruth Zeira

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An index based on Hirschi's theory designed to measure social control in kibbutz society was applied to a random sample of 440 high school students in the kibbutzim of Northern Israel. The delinquency variable was measured by self-report on the frequency of two illegal behaviors condemned by adult kibbutz society but not excessively stigmatized by the youth: driving without a license and stealing from the kibbutz mini-market. Victimization was measured by self-report on incidents during the past year involving person or property. Seventy percent of the participants in the study reported having committed at least one offense. Approximately 80% reported at least one victimization. At the bivariate level, the social control index generated weak but statistically significant negative correlations with both delinquency and victimization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-513
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology


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